Review of Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

23719270Title: Vengeance Road
Author: Erin Bowman

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Adults

Synopsis: Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Overall this book was a delightful western. I really appreciated how the author stayed true to what a western book should be and not one with loads of romance and very little adventure. There were some twists and turns but overall a good read. In terms of characters I really loved Kate. She is different from other female characters I have read. Her thirst for revenge is real and you can feel it has you read. If you are looking for a western with a little romance then this is the book for you.
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Review of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

24763621Title: Winterson
Author: S. Jae-Jones

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Synopsis: 

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Before all the people who loved this book yell at me please just hear me out. This book was beautiful, it was truly poetic and a work of art. The way that the music was described was breathtaking. I was shocked when I found out that this was the authors debut novel. The character development was on point, especially for the character Liesl. The thing that really broke my heart and love for this book was the ending. The ending was cruel and I almost feel like there could be a second book but when I look for a sequel I don’t see it anywhere in the works. I am really hoping that the author created a second book to explain the consequence of what happened in the end and maybe someone else can be saved.

Review of the Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

28668633Title: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip and Joanna Gaines

Synopsis:

Are you ready to see your fixer upper?

These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people? What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby

Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children

When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck

Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home

Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple

Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding

The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do

The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”

Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I have been a fan of their show since the first episode. The show has brought so much laughter and joy into my life that I was thrilled when my fiancé got me this book for our anniversary. As soon as you pick up this book you will be taken into their world. You get insight about their workings not only in their relationship but also within their family. You see the dynamics of this family and how special it really is to both of them. I really got to know theses two as real people and not just people I see on a TV show. So, if you are someone who can’t get enough of Fixer Upper and you want to know more about these two people and the life they have built for themselves then this is the book for you.