Publisher: Thomas Nelson

WoW [93]

Posted January 25, 2017 by Lizzie in Meme / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly.

This Week’s Victim Pick….

WoW [93]The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1
Published by Thomas Nelson on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Pages: 352
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For fans of Ender s Game and Blade Runner comes a story of video gaming, blood, and power.
Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she s convinced he s been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel Earth s charming young playboy the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.
From the award-winning author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, step into a diverse cast of characters spanning from the electric metropolises of earth to the chilling alien planet above, in a story of re-finding yourself in the midst of losing the one thing you love. Before it all evaporates.
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My Thoughts

The moment I read “video games” I literally clicked to add this book to my Goodreads shelf. There are not nearly enough video game inspired novels with a female POV! This pick sounds so cool and actually true to science fiction. I love me a good dystopian, and I want this guy. Now please.

And now…over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by! 🙂

Lizzie
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The Magnolia Story [Review]

Posted November 27, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

The Magnolia Story [Review]The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Mark Dagostino
Published by Thomas Nelson on October 18th 2016
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 208
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five-stars
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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. "

My Thoughts

HGTV is my not-so-guilty pleasure. I watch it constantly. It’s my go-to channel whenever I turn on the TV as background noise. And my favorite of all has to be Fixer Upper. So, naturally, when I found out that Chip and Joanna were releasing a book, I was thrilled. Over the moon when I found out said book was releasing on my birthday. There’s no better birthday present that a book full of Chip Gaines’ jokes.

And this book didn’t disappoint. If anything, I love Chip and Joanna even more now. The Magnolia Story is full of behind the scenes information and tells the story of Chip and Joanna. I loved it. From the very introduction, and the tale of the not-so-fantastic house boat, it was clear that Chip and Joanna are the real deal. I loved getting to hear more of their story and finding out just how deep their love goes. There’s so much I didn’t know before, and now have the story to. Honestly, they set an unrealistic relationship expectation. No wonder I’m single.

If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna or Fixer Upper, or just HGTV in general, then you definitely need to read this book. They’re so great, and this book only confirmed just how loving and phenomenal they are.

 

five-stars
Emily
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