Review: Reclaiming Shilo Snow


“Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.

But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.”

5/5 Stars!  I love sequels that manage to up the game, and this one certainly did.  Part of me also especially likes the fact that this was a duology, something I do not see often anymore in the literary world.  Then again, trilogies are also becoming rarer, as everyone just writes in a series forever and ever…. Ahem, anyways.

I started reading this novel, and remember why I love Weber’s writing so very much. Or well, the many reasons I love her writing so much. She can transport us to another world with her descriptions and the characters’ actions, and it is easy to imagine their world, and what they feel. It takes no effort to be in “their shoes.”  I also love her writing because Weber writes for a cause.

For example, she dedicates this book to all the children who are being trafficked.  It is easy to see that this book speaks to what is happening on Earth.  With the speech that is given by one character at the end, I was close to tears.  We have to to remember who we are, and how we can change the worlds ourselves, and Weber reminds us of this with this story.  Fiction is such an amazing thing.

The pace of this story is perfect.  It pulls you along as you pray and hope for happy endings.  It has tragedy, and comedy, and hope.  I was especially happy at a new point of view we got to see (Inola), because it allowed us another view into the world around Sofi and Shilo and how they came to be who they are. Perhaps most interestingly, it gave us another view of a person and the choices they make – and the realization that we do not always make the right ones, even if we make the choice for the right reason or the greater good.

I don’t want to give too much away, but of course we see our favorite characters, Sofi and Migeul.  We also see others return, and a few new characters. We learn more about each of them, see into their past, and learn more about the Delonese.  The Delonese are particularly interesting in this book, as their past and their own fears become more apparent.

There is romance, there is intrigue, there is family affection.  There are so many emotions: sadness, grief, happiness, feeling lost, defiance, and more!  It certainly has its own core of strong women, something else I loved.  Overall, a truly great novel.

On a more important note – I mean I know we should not just a book by its cover, but can I just say how awesome this book cover is? Sadly, the ARCs have another version before final approval, so mine does not look this awesome.


If you have not read The Evaporation of Sofi Snow yet, you are in luck! I am fixing to do a giveaway of an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the book! Hardcover even!  So keep an eye out for that, and comment if you would like to participate!


Snow Time! Mary Weber’s Mad Hatter Society!

Hello Everyone!

I realize, that quite often, I blog a bit and then disappear for quite a while. I am sorry about that.  I keep hoping to make writing a focus of my life, but all too often let that slip away because everything is crazy.

However, a good person I know who works at WKU (Dr. Dye) was speaking to us about self-care and she said women often live a “checklist life” and strive to always be checking things off, and we forget to just be.  In an effort for my own sanity, and self care, I am going to start writing. I have three more work days until WKU closes for 20 days, and I get time off. I plan to clean, get rid of some stuff, celebrate Christmas, and chill.

Oh, and finish potty training training Xander.

In good news, my book club is going well. We added a new member, who is a friend from college (and writes excellent things).  We will celebrate Christmas this month, and are reading “The School for Good and Evil.”

The most awesome Mary Weber also started a “Street Team” of which I have been added as a member! She sent us a Christmas card, a welcome note, a tattoo and tea!! She is calling it her Mad Hatter’s Society.  I also received a signed copy of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, so I see a give away in our future! If you are interested, comment below, and I will set one up!

In even better news – She sent me an ARC of Reclaiming Shilo Snow, which I have started on and hope to speed read in the next couple of days, and review here and for the Daily News. I also have an ARC of Iron Gold which I cannot wait to read as well.  My book pile is growing and growing. Why can’t I get paid 40k a year to just review books??

If there is anything you would like to see here, let me know! Also, my book club had a Mad Hatter’s Tea Part – and I totally need to write about that here, so look forward to that (I dressed up as a Steampunk Belle), and we had the YA Bookcon, where I finally met Mary Weber, and her daughter!

For my reviews so far:

Storm Siren

Siren’s Fury

Siren’s Song

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

#ReclaimingShiloSnow #ShiloSnow #SofiSnow #MaryWeber #MWMadHatters

Forever Doon is Enchanting – Giveaway

I received an ARC from the publisher in return for a review, which was published by Bowling Green Daily News.

“Forever Doon” by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Blink Publishing (an imprint of Zondervan/Harper Collins), 2016. 368 pages. $17.99.

“With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive and fighting a battle of his own. With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer. For Vee, Jamie, Kenna and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.”


We finally return to Doon, with the last book in this quartet. After the cliffhanger of “Shades of Doon,” the third book in this series, I eagerly awaited this book to arrive on my doorstep. Corp and Langdon do not disappoint in their final installment. Many of the things I loved about the previous three novels were still present, and there were new and better twists to the story. The Doon series is a wonderful mix of fantasy, romance and drama in a young adult novel. Although it is not necessarily dealing with things we would call an everyday reality (high school, cancer, moving, etc.), it still faces many realities head-on: relationships, family issues, drama, faith, acceptance and more.

One of the most exciting and unexpected new twists to “Forever Doon” is that it is told from four viewpoints. Not only are we seeing the story from Veronica and Mackenna, we now hear Jamie’s and Duncan’s viewpoints as well. At first, it threw me off because it was not something I was expecting. However, after a few of these sections I was grateful for the added viewpoints. It added dimension and depth to each character and was a nice change with two male and two female perspectives. Now I’m equally curious which author wrote which …


Having said that I loved the new viewpoints, I was slightly frustrated with Mackenna and Duncan. If you are older, it can be frustrating to see their logic and why they are making the decisions they are. I may have shouted a couple of times, annoyed that they were making choices for silly reasons. However, we have to stop and think about what the characters are facing and their age. It works in the setting, and the story. Even if it is like one of those moments in a movie when you are almost too embarrassed to watch it happen, or just frustrated you want to scream at the screen. The fact that the writers can evoke such emotion is a great thing.


As always we are given new characters, and a few of them I really enjoyed. One of the things I have always loved about Doon is that it is wonderfully diverse and open to those who come through the portal. That never changes, and I was excited to see even more of this. In fact, I would have liked more of it. Sadly, I think with the two new viewpoints the previous main side characters fall behind a bit. We hear less from those we love such as Fiona and Fergus, and I did miss them. Veronica and Mackenna are still best friends, however, and I truly love what they did with their friendship in this series, especially in this final book.


The pop culture references were as relevant and fun as always. Pop culture references can date a novel in a bad way, but because Mackenna is such a Broadway fanatic, it is not only new pop songs, movies or plays that she mentions. She is able to bring the Broadway references to the story in a way that makes it perfect. It is even better with references to Harry Potter (which shall never die). Another thing that works in their favor is when they reference something modern around original Doonians who have been out of touch in the modern era, and then to new recruits to Doon who can understand it, which one scene in particular really highlights. I enjoyed the pop culture and think others will for a long time as well.


Although we have seen the setting change in the stories before, from modern to Doon, from Scotland to the United States, this novel really highlights the differences in the two. Because there were characters stranded in the modern era, I think the pieces we see from this side are really intriguing. Having one character picked up from a place they know and love and deposited in another always gives us further insight into their characters. Not only this, but we still continued to see Doon through Veronica’s eyes and see the trials that she was facing. The people of Doon, the landscapes, battles and changes were all written with attention to detail.


Characters face ever more difficult tasks in this novel. From learning how to find your strength and how to survive, to remembering that there is always joy to be found, this series continues to cover great ground. With small and large battles, private fights and sparring moments, this novel is touching and enchanting. Though a few characters are lost, this is an ending to be remembered.


For now, the Doon series is over, but perhaps there will be more stories in the future. Forever Doon!


Doon Poster

I am doing a Giveaway!  Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon autographed a “Shades of Doon” poster for me to giveaway.  Click on the link to register – It will run until midnight of June 29th!

Giveaway: Siren’s Song

Thank you to everyone who entered! Nick has won the book, and accepted.  We will have a picture soon, hopefully, when he gets it.

Stay tuned for the next one!


1) Must be 13 yrs or older.

2) Winner will have 48hrs to respond to notice. If I do not hear from you I will choose another.

3) I have the right to postpone/change/and or end a giveaway at anytime.

4) No purchase is necessary.

5) All giveaways by Rafflecopter.

6) All giveaways will involve books and will be US only


I will NEVER share information about you (email, address, name, telephone…etc) to 3rd parties.


My first ever giveaway, and hopefully just the beginning!

I received a second copy of Siren’s Song, and decided to share my good fortune.  I hope to do be doing several things based on this trilogy over the next month!

The giveaway will run from 4/6/2016 – 4/13/2016. The winner will be announced 4/14/2016.

One lucky winner will win a hard cover copy of Siren’s Song!

Read my full review here: Siren’s Song Ends Wonderful Trilogy

I also had a Q&A with my book club (A Novel Idea) on Twitter with Mary Weber, after reading Storm Siren together! (The first of this trilogy).

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