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Review: Pie in the Sky by Jane Smiley

Pie in the Sky
Jane Smiley
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction/Children's
Expected Publication: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
ISBN: 0375869689
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Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will ride her horse? Abby's dad seems to think it will be Abby. Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby has ever ridden. But he is proud and irritable, and he takes Abby's attention away from the continuing mystery that is True Blue.

And then there's high school—Abby finds new friends, but also new challenges, and a larger world that sometimes seems strange and intimidating. She begins to wonder if there is another way to look at horses, people, and life itself.

Accompanied by the beautiful imagery of 1960s Northern California, Abby's charming mix of innocence and wisdom guide us through Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley's latest middle-grade horse novel.


I recently read Pie in the Sky by Jane Smiley. I thought it was a very good book. In Pie in the Sky Abby has a has a horse named Blue. He is not very good at jumping so she takes him to a clinic. The man who does the clinic does not like Blue very well. A girl in Abby's class quits riding for an unknown reason. She askes Abby to ride her horse named Pie in the Sky. Abby and Pie in the Sky help his owner get back her confidence to ride. God gave Abby a chance to help Pie's owner. Anyone who likes horses and learning about God would like this book. I really liked reading about the different horses in the story. Pie in the Sky was a great read and I hope Jane Smiley writes another book
I didn't read the whole thing. I am trying to get this schoolwork under control. It is killing me. I thought that what I read was well written. It seemed fast paced with lots of descriptions of horses. Abby liked that it was a Christian book and talked about God. She liked all of the different horses that the author talked about.

*The Book Blogging Beauties  received a copy of this book from Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are that of the reviewer. We were not compensated for this review.

Quarter Life Crisis by Diana-Ashley Krach Free to BBB Readers!

Hey everyone!
I wanted to post about an exciting opportunity for all of our wonderful readers.
The author of Quarter Life Crisis, Diana-Ashley Krach is offering up a code to download her book for FREE. Woohoo!!
To get the free book, simply go here, and use the following code at checkout:
The code is valid until 12/21

First Look: ReAwakened by Ada Adams Excerpt!!

Here's a first look at Ada Adams' new book ReAwakened, the next book in the Angel Creek series.
You get to meet the very intriguing character, Razor.
I can't WAIT to read the book and find out more about him.
Hubba Hubba!

“Meeting Razor” - “ReAwakened
Ada Adams
My two-story fall was cushioned by the intruder’s body. He—a vampire, I realized—groaned as I landed on top of him, forcing his body into the muddy ground. I reached for my dagger, but he was quicker. Before I had a chance to pull it out, he slipped out from underneath me, flipping me over so that he was on top. His firm, muscular body pressed tightly against mine as his hands pinned my wrists to either side of my head. His face was covered by shadows, but I could make out a mischievous smirk dancing across perfectly-shaped full lips.
“You’re quite feisty, aren’t you?” he chuckled, bending forward to examine me. Deep, charcoal eyes overflowed with amusement.
He was actually enjoying this.
“I don’t wanna hurt you,” he whispered in a deep, throaty voice. “I’m gonna release you now. Don’t do anything stupid.”
He lifted his arm, removing his right hand from my left wrist. The moment I felt some freedom, I leaped forward, attempting a left hook at his jaw. He blocked my hand, once again pushing it toward the ground.
“I said I wasn’t going to hurt you!” he growled, pinning me even further into the soft, wet earth.
“Yes, but I never said I wouldn’t hurt you,” I snapped.
He brought his face toward mine. “I’d like to see you try,” he whispered.
Challenge accepted.
I raised my head—the only part of my body that wasn't restrained by the stranger’s body—inching my lips closer to his. He tensed for a moment, his eyes searching mine, as if surprised by my sudden change in behavior. Drops of rainwater slid down his chiseled jaw, pausing briefly on his lips before they plummeted onto mine. Then, a slow, smug smile spread across his face. I felt his body relax and he leaned even closer. His breath caressed my skin as his lips drew near.
It was exactly what I needed. Summoning all my strength, I twisted my hips to the side, shooting them up and out, then launching my legs from the ground. Thrown off-balance, my captor groaned and released one of my arms to brace for the fall, giving me the perfect opportunity to reach for my dagger. In one smooth move I darted behind him, placing him in a secure headlock—the blade of my weapon aimed directly at his heart.
“Who are you?” I demanded when I was certain he couldn’t escape my grip.
“I’m a twenty-four-year-old Taurus who enjoys long walks on the beach.” Even though I couldn’t see his face, I could feel his arrogant grin.
“You have ten seconds to explain yourself,” I ordered. “And then I’m really going to hurt you.”
“Oh, come on! Can’t we get back to kissing? You can’t tease a guy like that.”
“Ten, nine…” I pressed the dagger deeper into him, nicking the leather of his jacket.
“Hey! Watch it!”
“Oh, alright. You’re no fun,” he sighed. “My name is Razor.”
“What kind of a name is that?”
“It’s a nickname.”
“What kind of a nickname is that?”
“Spike, Blade, Fang—all the good, pointy objects were already taken by fictional characters. It was the best I could do.”

Fire on the Island by J. K. Hogan Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!!


Fire on the Island
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: August 2, 2012
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“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster.
She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all.
Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”

All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her
mother's insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the
souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she
alone can end it.

Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching
paranormal phenomena. He doesn't expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the
woman who will turn his world upside down.

Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is
part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit
world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore,
the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted.
Alastore does everything in his power to eliminate them but, unbeknownst to all of them, Isla is
the only one with the ability to stop him for good.


‘Fire On The Island’ was a very deep story about a woman who experienced a very tragic childhood that left her alone and unsure of where she came from or what she was for that matter. On the island that she lives on, the natives began spreading rumors about her, saying that she’s a witch. Those rumors are what catch Jeremiah’s attention. Jeremiah has spent his life working on studying and following paranormal activity and has come across a book he is trying to translate about a group of ancient witches he believes to be from the same island where these rumors have surfaced from. 
So when his editor insists he take a vacation the island is his chosen spot. There he meets Isla she runs Expeditions a place that runs outdoor activities, hikes, kayak tours, and such.
Jeremiah and Isla begin to see each other and Jeremiah discovers Isla is the woman the natives believe is a witch. 
It turns out Isla is a witch and she has no idea but horrible things begin to happen and Isla has to tap into her powers to stop them. 
‘Fire On The Island’ was such a unique story. It was a paranormal tale of witches and demons. However there was also an underlying story about family problems and not knowing who you are or where you came from. I really loved Isla’s character she was so strong, unique, and funny. She was everything you usually hope to find in a main character.
I enjoyed the plot because I really felt like it was fresh and new. I finished this book very quickly; it kept my attention from the very first page. Something intriguing was always happening. ‘Fire On The Island’ is a definite page turner.
I love when paranormal books have that family element to it. Where the whole group bands together to fight the evil force and that’s what happened here.
I would recommend this book for any paranormal fans.

Author Bio:

J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them.
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives on a farm with her husband and their three horses, one miniature donkey, one cat, and two champion agility dogs.
In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! Please feel free to visit J.K.’s contact page—she’d love to hear from you!
Curious about this great book? Check out an excerpt here 

As a part of this sweet blog tour, we are giving away a copy of Fire on the Island!
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!
Good luck!!!!!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

The Fire of Dawn Blog Tour : Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!! 7/24


The Fire of Dawn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: April 1st 2012
Publisher: VA Publications
ISBN: 9789081877114
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It’s the last day of the summer holiday in The Hague when Leah Koopmans’s carefree life as a teen is brutally flipped upside down. Her pale skin turns a dazzling gold, her senses heighten, and her muscles possess an uncanny strength. But with these exhilarating new powers comes a thirst that can only be quenched by one thing: human blood.

While her body craves for fresh victims and her heart drowns in guilt, she meets inhumanly handsome Max Machiavelli, who claims that Leah is an immortal like him. Infatuation ignites into blistering passion when Leah joins his coven in Amsterdam. But as the mysteries shrouding her sudden change to immortality unravel, she quickly learns that her aversion to taking life isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from this group of herculean strangers.

From the picturesque canals of Amsterdam to Corsica’s limestone cliffs and the untamed Siberian wilderness; from first loves to fierce battles, The Fire of Dawn is an extraordinary tale packed with romance, betrayal, and bloodsucking suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page.


When I first began’ The Fire of Dawn’ I thought it was going to be another cheesy vampire novel about some girl who becomes a vampire and has to save the world while falling madly in love with a bad boy vampire. The same story we’ve been told oh so many times. However I was happily surprised by this intensely detailed portrayal of immortals trying to rebuilds their covens after being separated and suffering a loss from an attack from their enemy, The Brotherhood. 

Leah is the key to getting the covens back together and she possesses a great amount of powers. The question is will she use her influence to help get revenge on The Brotherhood?

I really enjoyed this book; it was fresh and had a good story line. Yes it hinted at the characters being vampires but they stated that they are simply immortals, which is in my opinion something new. It was a nice difference for me to read a book about a new paranormal group not vampires. I did think the book started out a bit slow and it really took me a while to get into it. At one point I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get into it honestly, but I kept with it and read some more. I finally got pulled into the story and really got hooked onto the plot and I was not disappointed. 

I really loved the plot and the characters; I think they really made the story for me. I like how they regarded one another as family and not just friends or members of the same coven. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Fire of Dawn’ and the writing was great. It was a very thrilling story. 

Author Bio:
V.V. Aku has always believed in beautiful stories. She found the man of her dreams and her way in complex China, and wrote a fairytale of her own: The Fire of Dawn-a scintillating tale about strength, self-discovery, and a girl who dared to follow her heart.

Born and raised in The Netherlands, V.V. Aku (Veerle Ackerstaff) soon discovered that the world was a place worth exploring. After graduating high school, she set out to travel the globe until she finally touched down in China. On the border of Tibet she met Anzi Aku, a wild, Black Yi man who lives at the foot of the Himalayas. She joined his clan and tries to find her place
among the tribe and its shamans. When she’s not researching the clan’s mythology on vampires, she shamelessly gives in to the compulsion to write about the countless characters that haunt her dreams.

V.V. Aku is the author of
 The Fire of Dawn and Black Dusk. She has been the creator of stories since the age of three, and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults from The University of Cambridge ESOL. After nearly a decade of working as an English language teacher and TEFL trainer in China,Thailand, The Netherlands, and the UK, she
now devotes all her time to writing, her family, and practicing Kung Fu. The Fire of Dawn is her debut novel.

Curious about this great book? Check out an excerpt here & here!

As a part of this sweet blog tour, we are giving away a copy of Fire of Dawn!
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!
Good luck!!!!!

*Chasity recieved this book from the author in exchange for any honest review. All opinions are that of the reviewer. We were not compensated for this review.

Review: Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill

Imperfect Bliss
Genre: Chick Lit/Comedy
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
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Jane Austen meets the Bachelorette in this twenty-first-century comedy of manners about a suburban family, their four eligible daughters, and what happens when reality TV comes to town.With her acclaimed first novel, One Flight Up, author Susan Fales-Hill is on a roll, already leaving her chick-lit predecessors “in the dust,” as the New York Post put it. Now, in Imperfect Bliss, she offers up a hilarious take on genteel family life with a cast of irresistibly eccentric characters. Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle class, middle-aged, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters—or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the aftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her Ph.D. All that changes when aBachelorette-style reality television show called The Virgin takes Bliss’s younger sister, Diana, as its star. Though she fights it at first, Bliss can’t help but be drawn into the romantic drama that ensues, forcing her to reconsider everything she thought she knew about love, her family, and herself.


This was a really great, light, funny and refreshing read. Yes, the plot was very predictable, but nevertheless I enjoyed the story immensely. As I said, it was kind of a light read, but I also found myself taking some of the issues talked about in the book, and things that the characters were involved in, and thinking about them more. So even though this was a pretty light, I think there is definitely some deeper meaning behind it, and will leave you with something to think about. Especially in today's society with our fixation on reality t.v., sex etc. 
The heroine (or fairy tale princess) was African American, which I really liked because it doesn't seem to be all that common in books, especially chick lit. I also like some of the issues that the character Bliss brought up, being African American. It added that deeper element to the story definitely.
I also loved the sense of humor of the writer! Like, no, really.
I thought that this book was pretty darn hilarious. The crazy mom, the easy sister, everyone. They were all perfect for the story and I immediately fell in love with them.
Overall this was a great book and I would totally recommend it to fans of funny, chick lit, and definitely satires. 
No kidding folks, this book was pretty funny.
It's sure to make you smile like a fool.

*The BBB's received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are that of the reviewer. We were not compensated for this review.