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SEA by Heidi R. Kling

Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.

And Sea’s real adventure begins.

I can't believe this was a debut novel.
The writing was simple and moving.
The story was moving and impressionable.
The characters were impressionable and complex.
The relationships were complex and real.
The character arcs were all amazing! And I enjoye…

BELIEVING CHRIST by Stephen E. Robinson

Author Stephen Robinson illustrates the power of the Savior as he uses analogies and parables, such as his own bicycle story, and scriptures and personal experiences in this moving, best-selling book. -Mortals have finite liabilities,- he explains, -and Jesus has unlimited assets.- By merging the two, exaltation can come. As long as we progress in some degree, the Lord will be pleased and will bless us. We must not only believe in Christ but also believe him - believe that he has the power to exalt us, that he can do what he claims. People will better understand the doctrines of mercy, justification, and salvation by grace after reading this book.
I learn a lot more about gospel principles when they are applied to real life situations, found in stories or used as a parable. Stephen Robinson used all these ways to help his readers learn to believe Christ, not just believe in Christ. Those two are different. When we believe Christ we know He will help us return to Him. He will forgive us…

THE WIT & WISDOM OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by James C. Humes

My hubby bought this book for me when he and our Scouter boy were at Gettysburg. Love it! I'm kinda cheating on this review because I haven't finished the book. I plan to leave it on my nightstand and randomly pick it up and enjoy Lincoln's wisdom. And wit. He was an amazing man!
Rating: G
Page 69 test: ""OLD BUCK" PASSES THE BUCK As the term of the fifteenth President wound down to its end, James Buchanan wrestled with the insurmountable problem of avoiding war. Many of his own cabinet members were open Southern sympathizers. "Old Buck," as Buchanan was once affectionately referred to by his friends, had expected his presidential term to cap a distinguished career in public service-as a senator, secretary of state, and minister to the Court of St. James in London. Instead, he found his reputation crumbling in the final year of his term. The ordeal had visible aged Buchanan. As Buchanan rode down in the presidential carriage from the executive Mansion to…

THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE by Rodman Philbrick

It's the story of an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz, who begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the planet. In a world where most people are plugged into brain-drain entertainment systems, Spaz is the rare human being who can see life as it really is. When he meets an old man called Ryter, he begins to learn about Earth and its past. With Ryter as his companion, Spaz sets off an unlikely quest to save his dying sister -- and in the process, perhaps the world.


Apocalyptic story about life after the Big Shake. The majority of the population live in awful conditions--no running water, no food, no peace--while a small portion live in "Eden."
The main character, Spaz, is epileptic, which is a pretty big weakness, dontchya think?
He is on a quest, which crosses many battle lines, to help someone. He travels with an old man and a young boy. Quite the group. They meet several engrossing characters along the way.
I liked the story. The possibility of go…

THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson

Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a year-long coma, and she's still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. Her parents show her home movies of her life, her memories, but she has no recollection. Is she really the same girl she sees on the screen?

Little by little, Jenna begins to remember. Along with the memories come questions—questions no one wants to answer for her. What really happened after the accident?

In this fascinating novel, acclaimed author Mary E. Pearson presents an unforgettable look at one human life and a glimpse into a possible future that may be closer than we think.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I guessed the twist early on. I enjoyed watching Jenna learn and grow through the story, from a coma patient with no memory to a strong girl who found she could live with herself. This story reminds of the movie...no, I can't tell you or it would give it away. It's an intriguing lo…

LET'S DO LUNCH by Roger Tory Wilson

With this Revised and Updated Edition of Let's Do Lunch, you eat until full in all the food groups, including all you want ofunprocessed starchy carbs, the sweetest fresh fruits and fruit smoothies, lean red meat, corn thins, cheese, healthy fats, veggies, whole-grain cereals and crispbreads, dark brown and wild rice, snacks, dressings, condiments, and sauces. But because these foods stabilize your blood sugar, your body forces you to become less and less hungry with each passing day. Thus, you begin to eat less and less, consume fewer and fewer calories, and lose all the weight you want.In Let's Do Lunch, Roger Troy reveals:Eat until full whenever you are hungry, no matter how often that is and no matter how many calories you consume (even if you start by eating 10,000 calories a day)-thus eliminating your hunger cravings.Your body can't tell the difference between starchy carbs, so when you eat the Let's Do Lunch starchy carbs, it eliminates your cravings for the fat…

THE REMARKABLE SOUL OF A WOMAN by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

If you are feeling overwhelmed with change, challenges, or checklists, you may wonder how you can partake now of God's happiness and find your pathway to peace, hope, and joy. With loving insight, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses two attributes that contribute to our Heavenly Father's perfect happiness the power of creation and service with compassion. As a treasured daughter of our Heavenly Father, you can develop those remarkable abilities as well as find happiness in the journey. In The Remarkable Soul of a Woman, President Uchtdorf's timely thoughts on creating and being compassionate will buoy you up, give you strength, and help you realize what a great power for good you truly are.
This booklet is the talk President Uchtdorf gave at the Relief Society General Meeting in September, 2008. I LOVE the cover of this book. I keep it on my side table just because I think it is so pretty. And of course I LOVED the talk as I know so many women did. It's a powerful ta…

The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, ...moreIn this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

I really enjoyed the total realistic, gross, weird, humorous viewpoint of sixth graders!
I also enjoyed the "case studies" done by the main charac…

HOW TO TAKE THE EX OUT OF EX-BOYFRIEND by Janette Rallison

Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna's boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn't support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn't the fact that Jesse is Giovanna's boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante's campaign manager. But as the political debates heat up, Giovanna begins to regret breaking up with Jesse, and realizes that maybe her decision wasn't the political strategy she should have used . . . .

I LOVE JANETTE RALLISON'S BOOKS! And that's my review!

Rating: CLEAN

Page 69 test:
"...few steps away to take the call in private while I stared at my shoes and wondered if it wold be lethal to eat a pair.
I mean, let's face it. There was a much greater chance that I'd be sawing up a pair of high heels than there was that Jesse would e chewing down chunks of his cowboy boots.&…

AWAKENING AVERY by Laurie Lewis

"You're depressed," the doctor declared.

"Ya think?" is author Avery Elkins Thompson's sarcastic response to the astute diagnosis f...more"You're depressed," the doctor declared."Ya think?" is author Avery Elkins Thompson's sarcastic response to the astute diagnosis for the malaise that set in following her husband's untimely death. Avery's carefully controlled world is imploding, and her adult children fear they are losing her too."You're just a shadow of the person you used to be...We'd gladly give you up for a while if it meant getting you back."Avery can't write, and questions about their father's death leave the family mired in pain. "We need a healing place," her oldest son tells her, suggesting she find it on Anna Maria Island, Florida, a former family vacation spot.When Avery returns to Baltimore to sell the family's waterfront condo, she meets rodeo-ers-turned-…

THE UNWRITTEN RULE by Elizabeth Scott

Another sweet and funny coming-of-age novel by the author of bloom; Perfect You; Something, Maybe; and Living Dead Girl.

From the back:He's looking at me-well, like he wants to look at me. Like he likes what he sees, and he's smiling and his eyes are so blue, even in the faint glow of the porch light they shine, and I nod dumbly, blindly, and then grope for the door handle, telling myself to look away and yet not able to do it."Sarah," he says, softly,almost hesitantly, and my heart slam-bangs, breathing hard, and this is what it's like to want someone you can't have. to want someone you shouldn't even be looking at.

Easy, quick (finished it in about four hours) read about a girl who's obsessed with her BFF's boyfriend, Ryan, whom she's had a crush on since eighth grade. Three-fourths of the book is Sarah wanting said boy but not wanting to hurt her friends feelings.
Sarah has a parents who are kind and loving with a bit of quirkiness thrown in. …

LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves. Lisa Scottoline breaks new ground in Look Again, a thriller that’s both heart-stopping and heart-breaking, and sure to have new fans and book clubs buzzing.

How would you feel if the child you adopted was on a missing persons postcard? What would you do to find th…