(Review) Premiere

Book one in the new dynamic fashion-themed On the Runway teen novel series by favorite young adult fiction author Melody Carlson. When Paige and Erin Forrester are offered their own TV show, sisterly bonds are tested as the girls learn that it takes two to keep their once-in-a-lifetime project afloat.

A recipe for success or a design for disaster? Although they’re sisters, Paige and Erin Forrester are like oil and water, night and day, denim and silk. Paige is an outgoing fashionista who loves to be the center of attention, while Erin is more comfortable sporting vintage garb and recording the action around her. When a near disaster turns into the opportunity of a lifetime, these two very-different sisters are given the chance to star in their own fashion-TV show. A guest spot on a hot teen-reality series and their first big red-carpet assignment give this unlikely partnership plenty of room for success—and even more for failure.

This is another review for First Wild Card Tours and I was really hoping to have the tour info to go with the review before I went away on vacation but sadly I will have to add this when I get home.

As you know I am a huge fan of Melody Carlson and I have read practically all her young adult books. When The Carter House series finished I was really happy to hear that she had another series in the works and this is book one in that new series.

Other books in the series:
Catwalk (book 2) now available
Rendezvous (book 3) September 2010
Spotlight (book 4) October 2010
Glamour (book 5) February 2011

I don’t know if there is any others coming out.

Anyways back to the book. I have to say that this was another one of those books that I quickly read in one sitting. I am only into book one of this series but I think this is going to be another series that I will enjoy.

Erin and Paige are sisters and they are complete opposites. Paige is into anything fashion and she knows her labels, designers and she knows what looks good and isn’t afraid to tell you what she thinks.

Meanwhile Erin is just your typical all round girl but ever since breaking up with her boyfriend, Blake, who were the ideal couple and they are the ones you would expect would get married, she seems to care less about what she looks like and would rather be behind the scenes and not like her sister Paige who must always be in the spot light.

Blake broke up with Erin and quickly began dating someone else. Blake is back in the picture and Erin makes it perfectly clear that they will remain friends. But will that be the case?

Paige is given an opportunity of a lifetime to be the star of her own reality tv show when the producer of a hit reality show catches Paige’s opening piece on tv of the opening of Wonderland (which is a theme park in Southern California) because she was trying to make the piece exciting so she started to critique the patrons of the park on what they were wearing. Her inspiration for this was the fact that the Golden Globes was just around the corner and she thought it would be interesting to have a red carpet.

You would think this would be a disaster in real life but in books its the chance of a lifetime and of course it would all work out. When the meet up with the producer she wants both of the girls to take part but Erin quickly gets them to agree to her being behind the scenes.

This new reality show is called On The Runway and its all about fashion and anything to do with fashion.

The girls are sent out to promote the show and their first place that they get invited to is to appear on the reality show Malibu Beach as guests. (Malibu Beach is the hot teen reality show) Reading this I quickly thought about Jersey Shore meets the Hills. I could be mistaken but that is what I felt it was like.

Before long the very outspoken Paige has gone to far and its possible that On The Runway is at risk of not being a reality show after all. Has Paige stepped out of line?

Check back next week when I review Catwalk.

Thanks to Zondervan for sending out this book to me.

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(Review) Final Touch

TITLE: Final Touch Book 3 in The Rayne Tour Series
AUTHOR: Brandily Collins and Amberly Collins
PUB DATE: May 2010
PAGES: 224
PUBLISHER: Zondervan

The day Shaley O’Conner has dreamed of all her life is shattered by a nightmare. On a lavish estate in California guarded from the media, Shaley’s mom, rock star Rayne O’Connor, is marrying her teen sweetheart and Shaley’s father, Gary Donovon. It’s a dream come true for Shaley, who has always longed for the father she never knew. But minutes before the wedding, Shaley is kidnapped. Who is this man who has taken her—and why? As Rayne and Gary race against time to find their daughter, Shaley’s abductor eludes the FBI at every turn. Fearing for her life, Shaley wills herself to stay strong. But as the days pass, she realizes that no one can save her but herself.

I was hoping I would have had the tour info to post with my review but sadly I don’t. I will add the tour when I get back home.

This is the third and final book in the Rayne Tour series. You can see my review for Always Watching by clicking on the name. I will have to go back in my notes to find Last Breath because for some reason its not on my blog. I did read it. Strange.

Just like the first two I had a hard time to put the book down and was surprised that I managed to read this one Sunday.

Shaley’s dream has finally come true. Her parents are getting married. We all know that it all can’t be picture perfect and drama free in a book. So moments before her parents are to be married. Shaley gets a call that her father’s ring is coming and she goes down to meet the delivery person. Thinking everything will be okay because there is all kinds of security around she thinks nothing off it until the guy grabs her and puts something over her mouth to knock her out.

With no idea who this man is Shaley learns he isn’t after a ransom but wants to protect her from the corupted world that is full of sin and bad things.

Her abductor makes her call home telling her mother why she left and that she didn’t want her to marry her father. No one really believes it and the FBI are quick to trace the call. Of course she is no longer there but on her way to a remote cabin. In this remote cabin there is a phone. When Shaley is left alone she quickly calls 911 thinking help is on the way but its not because her abductor seems to be one step ahead all the time.

Will Shaley be able to save herself before its too late?

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(Review & Tour) Online with God, A 90 day Devotional

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Online with God, A 90 Day Devotional

Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Laurie’s first published work was a note passed to a boy in elementary school. You would have thought that this most embarrassing moment would have stopped her writing career. But instead, Laurie is the author of thirty five books and author/illustrator of two more. Laurie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

Visit the author’s website.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310716152
ISBN-13: 978-0310716150

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I just recently got this book and as much as I wanted to read it in one sitting, which I could have easily done since its only 185 pages, I didn’t. I took it as reading it one day at a time for 90 days.

I admit I am not an overly religous person and you might be shocked to hear the last time I went to church for a reason other then a wedding, funeral, baptism (Christening) or first communion. Yes its bad.

I am speaking as an adult and I wonder if I was younger what impact it would have? I know there is plenty of young people who don’t go to church or even think about God.

This book is aimed at girls. We all went through what girls of today are going through but we didn’t have cell phones, computers and many other things to distract us.

The book is done in blog format in a girls point of view. Its a personal blog and she is writting to God.

Once I am done with the book I will be writting a more detail review.

copyright 2010, Cindy (Cindy’s Love Of Books)
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Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise (Camp Club Girls) Review

AUTHOR: Erica Rodgers
PUB DATE: March 2010
PAGES: 159
PUBLISHER: Barbour Books

If dinosaurs are extinct, then why do they seem to come to
life each night? When Alexis’ friend, Miss Maria, tries to save her
business by importing mechanical dinosaurs to her nature park, Alexis and Kate
are instantly on the spot to show their support. But the Camp Club girls are
soon embroiled in surprises when they soon have to not only deal with mechanical
dinosaurs appearing to have minds of their own, but also the local media, which
also seems determined to destroy Miss Maria. Can the girls crack the case and
keep Miss Maria’s dreams—and business—alive?


This is the fourth book in the Camp Club Girls series.

This is a series of middle grade books that I am really enjoying. I think they would make the perfect gift for middle grade girls who like a little bit of mystery without being scary. They are sort of like Nancy Drew books. Although I have to admit that I never really read alot of Nancy Drew books when I was younger as they never really interested me.

Alexis lives not very far from her friend, Miss Maria’s nature park called Aspen Heights Conservation Park. The nature park is getting set to close when funding is being denied to the park.

When Miss Maria comes up with the idea to bring in prehistoric dinosaurs (animatrons) to bring in some business it all seems like a good idea until it appears as though certain dinosaurs are moving around in the night.

Thankfully Kate is coming to visit with Alexis and she brings Kate to see the park. As the girls are walking around looking at the dinosaurs, nothing is out of the ordinary for them until they go back to the visitor center to talk to Miss Maria. When a local biology professor mentions that he loves the foot prints and that he loved where the raptor was placed. Maria looks concerned and admits to the girls that she didn’t move the raptor or make the foot prints. Maria goes off to check it out.

Before long everyone hears a scream. They all go running to Maria and find her flat on her back in the mud. She had climbed on top of the triceratops to get a better look at the foot prints.

With Maria starting to feel a little better she asks the girls to help find out who is moving the dinosaurs. The girls try various things such as setting up cameras, looking around and even camping out. The raptor keeps moving around the park. Can the dinosaur really come to life at night? Is someone moving it?

There never seems to any leads or evidence that a human is involved until the person starts to get a little sloppy and leaves clues. The girls are pretty sure they know who is involved but the person keeps denying it. Is he/she really involved or is it just coincidence? What will the girls think when they find out who is really behind it?

I am anxiously awaiting Kate’s Philadelphia Frenzy – Camp Club Girls #5 and Bailey’s Peoria Problem – Camp Club Girls #6 to come out May 1, 2010.

Special thanks to Angie Brillhart of Barbour Publishing, Inc. for sending me a review copy and for First Wild Card Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour.

copyright 2010, Cindy (Cindy’s Love Of Books)
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McKenzie’s Montana Mystery Review

PUB DATE: March 2010
PUBLISHER: Barbour Books
PAGES: 158

When Bailey and McKenzie arrive to help at a horse ranch in
Montana, they’re immediately entrenched in mysteries: a horse disappearing into
thin air, spookiness in an abandoned western town, and ranch hand upheaval. And
with all the unexpected action going on, how will they ever find time to prepare
for their rodeo competitions? Can the Camp Club Girls successfully combine their
skills to help Bailey and McKenzie save the ranch…and the rodeo for Sunshine


This is the 3rd book in the Camp Club Girls series.

I have been very lucky and got to read and review Mystery At Discovery Lake (Book 1) and Sydney’s DC Discovery (book 2). This is such a great series for the middle grade girl readers. There is always a mystery in each book that the girls decide to solve.

McKenzie is working at a horse ranch called Sunshine Stables and she is also training for the barrel racing. She has no idea but she is about to be surpised by Bailey. Bailey is also going to be working at the horse ranch for a little bit.

Its not to long after Bailey arrives that Emma’s (owner of Sunshine Stables) prized horse, Diamond Girl is missing. With no clues or leads the girls decide that this is a mystery for the Camp Club Girls. McKenzie and Bailey look for clues that will lead them to who ever is responsible for the disappearance of Diamond Girl.

What I love about these books is that it seems like all the clues point to one person and then at the end bam its someone you didn’t think of right away to begin with. I love that kind of surprise ending.

Will McKenzie and Bailey find out who took Diamond Girl and why?

-Alexis and the Sacramento Surpise (book 4) March 2010 pub date
-Kate’s Philadelphia Frenzy (book 5) May 2010 pub date
-Bailey’s Peoria Problem (book 6) May 2010 pub date

I just checked out the website for Camp Club Girls http://www.campclubgirls.com/ and the series is now up to 24 books. All coming out later this year and into next year and it seems like every two months two books are being released.

I can’t wait to read all of the books in this series.

Special thanks to Angie Brillhart of Barbour Publishing, Inc. for sending me a review copy and for First Wild Card Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour.

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