Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on The Death Cure by James Dashner! This book is so good, my boyfriend who has not read a book EVER cant put this series down!

This is the 3rd book in the Maze Runner trilogy. It will come out October 11th 2011
Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

What are you waitng for?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

This meme is hosted weekly by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can participate, even if you don't have a blog (you can post back in MizB's comments).
*Grab your current read.

*Open to a random page.

*Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page. You can share more if you want!

*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much information. You don't want to ruin the book for others!)

*Share the title and autor as well, so that Teaser participants may add to their TBR list/s if they enjoy your teasers!

*Leave a link in the comment section of MizB's blog so that others can check out your teasers! You may leave your teasers here with the book title and author if you do not have a blog. (MizB's Blog)

This week my Teaser comes from.... A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston
"I don't know anyone named Miriam." Her fathers voice was cold, dead of emotion. "Tell her to leave."

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: A Promise of Hope by Amy Clipston

Summary from
In A Promise of Hope, the second book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston, an Amish widow with newborn twins discovers her deceased husband had disturbing secrets. As she tries to come to grips with the past, she considers a loveless marriage to ensure stability for her young family … with her faith in God hanging in the balance.

My Take
This is the second book in the Kauffman Amis Bakery Series. I just found out their is going to be a fourth book! Before I begine I have to tell you some words in this book is in Pennsylvania Dutch, the Amish language. (a German dialect) It has words like wife, twins, wonderful and good. Also, in all of the books they have recipes, for numerous desserts. This is also in the first book. You can learn things like how to make pound cake, coconut chews, apple ring fritters and funny cake pie. I thought that was interesting to add to a book. Alright, well this book takes the focus off of Rebecca and her neices. It focuses on Sarah Troyer a widow who is left alone to give birth to twins. During the story she finds out some very unsettling details about her dead husband Peter's past. When a stranger named Luke shows up to the little town of Bird-In-Hand  her world is turned upside down and shes left questioning if she really knew her husband at all. I must say this is a love story! I found it a little annoying how many times the two people who are supposed to confess their love for eachother didnt! We only find out at the last few pages what happens between the two charectors. The whole book is filled with suspense and twists and turns that I dont want to give away because that would be a spoiler! You know this book is great because I was upset when it ended. I wanted to find out more about the charectors and their lifes after this book, Im interested to see how the next book plays out. The whole time i was reading this book, I was feeling so upset thinking about how its possible to lose your husband, give birth to twins, and find out troubling information about the person you thought you could trust with your life. This book definitly brings out emotions in you. Overall I would read this series! Mostly because its not about just one person. Its about a whole family's points of view.

My Rating
* * * * *
5/5 stars- Beautifully Writen.

Summer Reading!

So as I was looking at the summer reading choices for this year, I found some really good books, and I thought i would share them with you. =)

Maya's life has always been chaotic. Living with a con-man dad, she's spent half her life on the run. Whenever her father's schemes go wrong, Maya finds a scientific way to fix it. But when her dad ends up in prison and foster care fails, Maya grasps at her last possible hope of a home: a long-lost aunt, who may not even exist.
So Maya formulates a plan, and with her wits, two unlikely allies, and twenty dollars in her pocket, she sets off in search of this aunt, navigating the unpredictable four hundred miles from Reno to Boise. Life on the streets, though, becomes a struggle for survival—those scientific laws Maya has relied on her whole life just don't apply. And with each passing day, Maya's definitions of right and wrong are turned upside down when she's confronted with the realities and dangers of life as a runaway. She can't help but wonder if trying to find her aunt—and some semblance of stability—is worth the harrowing journey or if she should compromise and find a way to survive on her own

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

  In many ways, Natalie O’Reilly is a typical fourteenyear- old girl. But a routine visit to the eye doctor produces devastating news: Natalie will lose her sight within a few short months.
Suddenly her world is turned upside down. Natalie is sent to a school for the blind to learn skills such as Braille and how to use a cane. Outwardly, she does as she’s told; inwardly, she hopes for a miracle that will free her from a dreaded life of blindness. But the miracle does not come, and Natalie ultimately must confront every blind person’s dilemma. Will she go home to live scared? Or will she embrace the skills she needs to make it in a world without sight?


But the weather-beaten sailboat Chance Taylor and his father call home is thirty years old and hasn’t sailed in years. One step from both homelessness and hunger, Chance worries about things other kids his age never give a thought: Where will the money come for the electricity bill, grocery bill, and moorage fees? So when a new job falls his way, he jumps at the opportunity. He knows how much he will earn; what he doesn’t know is how much he will pay.

Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.

But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In my Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted every week by The Story Siren. To find out how to participate and the "official" details, check out the IMM page.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

I bought this book from Barns and Noble. It is two books in one (the first two books of the series.) They are from the series called the Dollanganger family.

Flowers in the Attic
It wasn't that she didn't love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake--a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.
So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Just for a little while.
But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work--children who--one by one--must be destroyed....
'Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive....

Petals on the Wind
For Carrie, Chris and Cathy, the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds, even while they built bright, promising new lives. Of course mother had to pretend they didn't exist.
And grandmother was convinced they had the devil in them.
But that wasn't their fault. Was it? Cathy knew what to do.
She now had the powers she had learned from her beautiful mother. She knew it in the way her brother still yearned for her, in the way her guardian touched her, in the way all men looked at her.
She knew it was time to put what she knew to the test. To show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten... Show them.
Show them—once and for all

I also bought this book from Barns and Noble

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But ...They are brother and sister.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Wishlist

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. If you want to know more click here

I have only heard really great things about this memoir, I am anxious to buy it!

In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen.
For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse.
For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation.
On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived.
A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it

Friday, August 19, 2011

Follow my blog friday

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read
           My answer to this week's Follow Friday question:

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

Hmmm, thats a good question! I think I would write myself a part in those old western romances, like Linda Leal Miller or Norah Hess writes. It would be cool to go back to a different time, and fall in love with a cowboy =). Other then that, I think I would write myself a part in the book Wildwing, because the girl gets to time travel back in time to the days of kings.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: A Gift of Grace (Book 1 in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series) by Amy Clipston

Summary from GoodReads

Rebecca Kauffmans tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her "English" sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife.

Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessicas rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.

My Review
Well his book is the first of a three part series. (their may be more to come.) about two teenage sisters Lindsay and Jessica who are torn from their English life to live with their Aunt who they have never met after an accident claims their parents life's. Rebbecca is very grateful to have the girls come and life with her and her husband Daniel. She believes it is Gods will. However Daniel wants the girls to leave after Jessica breaks many rules, and disrespects their culture. Lindsay learns to adjust well to her new life and is happy to make the best of a bad situation. Many other twists and turns happen but I don't want to spoil anything! I found this book very interesting. I love to read about different cultures. I could really sympathize with Jessica. I couldn't imagine having to move 14 hours away from my friends, boyfriend, and having to quit school. Not to mention giving up my ipod, phone, and whole lifestyle! I really enjoyed this book. their was just enough surprises to keep it interesting. I also liked how the book went from Rebbecca, Daniel, Lindsay and Jessica's point of view. That caused alot of suspense. I would recommend this book to anyone is interested in something new. I cant wait to read the second one!

My Rating
* * * *
Great Read!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: A Gift of Grace

TTeaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Share the title & author.
This week my teaser comes from A Gift of Grace (book 1 one of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series)
The book is about two teenage girls who's parents have died and their last wish is to send them to the mothers Amish sister to live until they are 18. The girls must learn to live in a very plain world.

"This was gods will."
"What did you say" his voice rose.
"I will not send them back and I insist that you respect my wishes."


Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Memoires

Monday Memoirs come from Anette's Book Spot It features books that we love from our past. Click on the button above to leave your own Monday Memory.

I would say the books that i Really love from when I was a child would be Barbra Parks Junie B. Jones series.

These books were very important to me as a child because they were the first real chapter books I have ever read. This was also the first series I have ever read. I remember going to the book store and buying the latest book. Even though I'm a junior in high school, I would probably read the next book if one came out!

Breathing Books is back!

Hello, Breathing Books is back! As you know I have not posted anything in a long time. That was due to school and end of the year exams. But I am ready to start up this blog again. =)
I am no longer participating in the 100 books challenge. I am up to 46 books so far and did not write reviews for any of them, so their is no way I can post my reviews for the challenge. However, I will be still participating in the Amish Reading Challenge.
I am sorry for not posting in a long time.
Thank you Heather!
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