Book Review: Where The Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick 

I haven’t posted in awhile, so I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on this gem of a book. 

A forest looms over Bardun Village. Nobody goes in. Nothing comes out. The secrets in the oaks remain hidden until a mischievous escapade thrusts Martin and Elodie behind the silent trees. Separated and lost in a tangle of fantasy, they discover more than animals roam where the woods grow wild.

Where the Woods Grow Wild Review 
I don’t read much Fantasy; and it takes a lot for me to like anything in the Fantasy genre. ( I realize that a bunch of people love Fantasy and that’s wonderful! I just have found few I truly enjoy.) 

 I can easily say Where the Woods Grow Wild is a new favorite ! I shall name a few reasons why :
 • No Useless Background Information : I didn’t get bogged down with all the background of relationships and history. Instead, Nate Philbrick, did a wonderful job of showing the characters connections through their actions / feelings. 

 • Bramble is the cutest mischief maker! I want him as a friend even with his trouble making ways. 

 • The World Building: What perfection. Just enough detail to get my imagination going. I found myself perfectly seeing everything , without being overwhelmed by details. 

 • Strong Female Characters : The females were strong and independent without being masculine ( as sometimes happens). Honestly, all the characters were well written .Each had a distinguishable voice! I really enjoyed all the different character strengths and quirks:) 

 • The Dialogue : while being witty was still realistic. The characters conversations never felt forced and had a natural flow to them . Also I laughed out loud at some of Illo and Martins exchanges.

 • The plot was simple ,but still intriguing . I wasn’t left running circles in my mind, I knew what was going on.         

 Over all it was a lighthearted read that I enjoyed immensely ! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet , quick and fun read.
Forever & Always ,


Let’s chat! Do you like Fantasy? Any recommendations ? 


This or That Book Tag

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I seen this prompt floating around the Bookstagram world and thought it would be fun to do as a blog post. So without further delay …..

  • Male or Female main character? While I enjoy both, I find I prefer Male main characters.
  • A book that is character driven or a book with lots of plots? Honestly if I don’t like at least one character the chances of me finishing a book are zero. Plus if I’m in love with the characters and they have good development than the plot isn’t a big deal to me.
  • First or Third person narrative? Definitely Third.
  • Trilogies or Quartets? Trilogies, though I don’t recall ever reading a Quartet; maybe I should try it before I say for sure 😉
  • Black or White covers? Black.
  • Library or Bookstore? If I haven’t read a book and I’m unsure that I will like it than I get it at the library or free eBook (when possible). For books that I love and will reread I get them from a secondhand site.
  • Reading in bed or on the couch? I do most of my reading in bed, however I do enjoy reading in the chair in my living room.
  • Books that make you cry or laugh? Preferably both, forced to choose I would say books that make me laugh.
  • Sweet or Salty? Salty???? I feel like a good book would have just the right amount of both.

So there it is, my answers to this or that.

Forever & Always,


Let’s chat! Agree or disagree with any of my answers? Do you like books that make you laugh or cry more?

Most Likely To Character Tag

So this prompt has been floating around the #bookstagram world for a bit but one of my favorite bloggers Cait @PaperFury  expanded on the original idea. Click the link to check out her version.

Anyone reading more than one blog post of mine knows, I don’t usually follow the rules for …..well anything (or I push them to the boundary). So I am only using 8 most likely to for the gents and ladies. Why you ask? Because I am Loki Emily and I do as I please on this here blog . Without further ado.

Most Likely To – The Gentlemen:

  1. Be Overprotective : Teo (The Chiveis Trilogy), I swear all three books all he does is save Ana’s life. It’s the sweetest thing and you can always count on Teo.
  2. Good With Kids: Jorgen ( The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest). Though I never read about him with kids, he just seems like the fun Uncle who teaches you to sword fight and lets you win.
  3. Picks Flowers For You: Nestor (Road to Briarwood). Nestor is a gardener and creates his own flower hybrids, so I think its safe to assume he would pick flowers for you.
  4. Lends You Their Clothes: Tobias (Divergent), but probably only after you about died.
  5. Talks With You For Hours: Chris (Once Upon a Marigold). Chris sent carrier pigeons to ask what book Marigold was reading, so I think long conversations are his style.
  6. Takes Time Looking At Your Eyes: Mac ( Eagles Flying High). Because then he can determine if your sincere.
  7. Say’s Your Beautiful: Thane (Roses for Mama). I mean it will probably be quiet and accompanied by a side grin, but he shall call you beautiful none the less.
  8. Get Into A Fight: Jaron ( The Ascendance Trilogy). Jaron is a sarcastic little cupcake who starts fights whether he can finish them or not.


Most Likely To  – The Ladies :

  1. Be Overprotective: Imogen (The Ascendance Trilogy). Looking out for Jaron is a full time job with minimal wage pay, He is a handful but she does it anyway.
  2. Go To War To Save You: Silvie (The Lost Books). Silvie is a warrior and doesn’t shy away from a hard task. Pffttt she could probably save you with her eyes closed, if she doesn’t turn Scab first.
  3. Laugh At A Bad Time: Prudence (Deadly). While Prudence is a serious girl who chases her dreams, she strikes me as the type to laugh at all the wrong moments.
  4. Talks With You For Hours: Agnes (Trevorode The Defender). Agnes is an intellect and a writer, so all my fellow writers know that she can talk for hours.
  5. Dress To Kill: Macy (The Gallagher Girl series). Macy may be a spy but she knows how to dress and is a well of information when it comes to boys.
  6. Stay With OTP After Book : Ana (The Chivies Trilogy). I mean this girl waited forever to actually admit that she loved person B (Like 2 years in the books). I think they built their relationship on trust and respect and long after the final book they will be just fine.
  7. Get Arrested: Ekaterina (from the book with her name as the title). She actually did get arrested so this is legitimate .
  8. Share Their Food With You: Odette (The Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest). As a Female version of Robin Hood it’s safe to say Odette would share her food with you.

So those are my opinions of Most Likely to Character tag.

Tell me what y’all think? Any characters you agree or disagree with? Who do you think would stay with their OTP after the book? And who do you think would leave their OTP after the book?


Beautiful People- Author Writing Process


So Beautiful People is a monthly meme that is usually about authors characters but for July it was about US. You can check out more HERE.

As with just about everything in my life I thought why not wait and do this on the last day of the month. Haha just kidding…..sorta….I had a busy schedule and just didn’t get to it till now. Without further delay the questions.

  1. How do you decide which project to work on? I usually think on an idea for awhile and brain storm plot. If the idea gets a pinterest board then it is more likely that I will actually attempt writing it one day. Recently I chose two projects for two different reasons. The first project was because I have been thinking of the story forever. The other was one I daydreamed about writing but never thought I actually would, and I decided to give it a go. It depends on my mood and what I want to write or my goals.
  2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project? I have never finished a book idea, but for shorter stories it usually takes me a couple of days to make it how I want it (this includes editing and rewrites).
  3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood? I like writing short stories and reading books with the same background as my idea. Then when I actually sit down to write I put on soundtracks for background noise (and to cancel out the noise from the rest of the house).
  4. What time of day do you write best? I only ever write in the evening / night. My mornings are always busy, so I have never tried writing then. However I might give it a try this weekend and see if I’m happier with my writing.
  5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to? ahahaha probably not…..I think I would have to finish my books before I could really answer that.
  6. Why did you start writing? And why do you keep writing? I was homeschooled and one of the things my Mama made us do was “daily journaling” which wasn’t a journal it was just an assignment to write something everyday. I remember writing a 2 (or maybe 3) part story and really loving the feeling of deciding how everything was going to work out. I think that was probably the first time in my life I actually considered writing seriously (I was probably around 12). I keep writing now because I feel everyone has a different voice and a unique outlook on life, and those shine through my writing. Plus it’s something I can do to express myself and fictional worlds are better because hello I’m in charge lol just kidding.
  7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written? Probably a book( about 4 siblings living on a farm) that has been on my brain for years and I just play it like a movie when I’m bored… now it’s harder to write it down in a cohesive order of events.
  8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet? Yes! I have this extensive book plot with all the characters and a rough outline sitting in a drawer. It’s a spy/ action book; I just love the idea so much that I want to do it right. I feel like I would be more prepared for this idea if I wrote and rewrote a different book first.
  9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going? In January I wanted to finish a book by March and edit it in July. Let’s all take a moment of silence for a goal not accomplished……moving on. I am currently working on two books and my new goal is to finish at least one by December (hopefully both) and start editing.
  10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif! Three words : quiet, determined, and slow (or at least slower than I would like).

Let’s chat. Do you listen to music as you write? Have you finished writing something that your really proud of? How would you describe your writing process?



The Mystery Blogger Award

So Jessica did this last week, her blog is awesome so head on over and check it out; she was sweet enough to nominate anyone who wanted to participate.


The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma as a way to build a friendly blogging community and get to know each others blogs. You can check out Okoto’s blog for the full backstory.

The Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  4. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  5. Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  6. Nominate bloggers.
  7. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post.


Three Things About Me:

  • Action Movies and Books are my favorite. I love the fast pace and all the stunts.
  • I take forever to finish TV series. I am not sure why but I will seriously drag it out way longer than necessary. For instance I started this show on Netflix called Night Shift. I watched the first season in one day. That was about a month or so ago. I love the show and characters so I really should have caught up, but no.
  • Besides being a avid reader, I am also a writer. I have always loved writing stories growing up and now I’m turning that passion into writing novels. I just started uploading one book (of quite a few)  onto Wattpad. You can check it out here if you want.


The Questions :

  1. What do you decorate your book shelves with ?

I decorate mine with artificial flowers (which are my props for photos) , my Funko Pops, and different types of banks (like piggy banks , but only one is an actual pig).

2. If you could have any pet, what would you get? I would get a giraffe.

Well I want a pet dragon, but since they technically don’t exist then I would say a Horse. I have dreamt of having my own horse since I was 12.

3. Do you have a favorite sports team?

Yes , college football – Florida Gators!!

4. If you had to wear only one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is so fun and hard because the unpractical part of my brain says opt for pajamas . But I would say my favorite pair of jeans, and a tee shirt with a bait shop logo on it.

5. Do you have a favorite bookish Funko Pop?

Currently the only Funko Pops I have are from the TV series Lost. My favorite is Sawyer 🙂 and he is holding a book so does that count.


My 5 questions for anyone who wants to join:

  1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
  2. Pick one book to disappear into.
  3. Would you rather your emotions be expressed by your hair changing color or your eye’s changing color?
  4. What is your favorite way to tell people about books ,example: goodreads, your own personal blog, throwing books at people till they read them. My favorite way is to tell my family /friends all about the book I’m reading so that they don’t have to bother reading it because they know everything already……see how nice I am to save them the trouble lol.
  5. Where is your favorite place to read?

So that’s it, feel free to join and use this on your blog, or answer my questions in the comments:)

Forever & Always,




10 Books I Would Sell My Siblings For

To clarify on the post title, I wouldn’t actually sell my siblings……well two of them I would (which still leaves me two and I feel good about that) if you know the opportunity presented itself….just kidding Mom I wouldn’t sell your other children (unless you want half the profits…..we can talk it out).

So I’m actually naming 10 books I’m dying to read , which is a link-up with Top Ten Tuesday , not this weeks because I don’t do what I’m told……I’m sure the afore mentioned mom would agree.



  1. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell : A Peter Pan retelling that focuses on Good vs. Evil, ummm yes please!! Also I love anything with Pirates so I can’t wait to read this books version of Captain Hook.


2. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: I have heard such good things about this book and I want to read it this very instant. My best friend (who happens to be one of the siblings I refuse to sell) and I have very different tastes in books, it’s not often that we both want to read the same thing and Bone Gap is one we both are excited for.


3. Uprooted By Naomi Novik : A Fantasy, fairy-tale book about magic and a wizard who is known as “The Dragon” , I need it.


4. Reckless -The Petrified Flesh By Cornelia Funke: First off I loved Cornelia’s Inkheart series, though it had it’s issues I am still a big fan, so I’m excited to read the Reckless series. Second – Pretty covers !!!!


5. Dare (The Blades of Acktar) By Tricia Mingerink : I heard about these books from a girl who was listing books that both her and her husband liked (I wish I remembered her blog, but my memory is horrible ). I read the Chiveis Trilogy off the list and loved it, so I am interested in giving this series a go.


6. The Lies Of Locke Lamora By Scott Lynch : An orphan who makes a life as a thief / con artist, yes please a thousand times over. My only worry is I have heard there is quite a bit of swearing in it……but most people seem to love the story besides that.


7. Fairest of All – A tale of the wicked Queen : I’m a fan of retellings and have read quite a few (mostly Robin Hood), so I think reading one from the villain’s POV would be awesome. The concept reminds me of the tv show “Once Upon A Time”, where all the characters and their stories aren’t what you always expect.


8. Meddling Kids By Edgar Cantero : A Scooby- Doo retelling!!!!!!!! ALL THE EXCITEMENT ( am I right, of course I am). Seriously I have never met anyone that didn’t like The Mystery Gang (except a sister I will give in exchange for this book). It sounds  awesome and takes place when the meddling kids are grown up and dealing with their past. Again ALL THE EXCITEMENT!!


9. The Silent Songbird By Melanie Dickerson: I haven’t read a Melanie Dickerson book yet that I didn’t like, while some of her books have better built and more relatable characters, all her books are still good. This is suppose to be a Little Mermaid retelling and I’ve never read one of those.


10. Hittite Warrior By Joanne Williamson: This book has been on my wish list for years. I love History and anytime it’s Biblical history I really want to read it.

So those are the 10 books I’m dying to read. I noticed a lot of them are retellings, but that is pretty much normal for me.

I have some awesome news as well. I will be writing one of my books on Wattpad. I am going to try and have the first chapter up this Friday and then continue to post every Friday. The link to my Wattpad Account so stop by and check it out on Friday if you like. It’s about two brothers who happen to not only be opposites but also Princes . They are both currently engaged and neither is particularly happy about it , but it’s a chance to unify three Countries. However certain events bring them closer to war and a not so happily ever after , then either brother anticipated.

Forever & Always,


Talk to me. Have you read any of these books? See any that you want to read now and would consider selling a sibling for? If you have a Wattpad account link it in the comments and I’ll check it out.



7 Truths Writers (Probably) Won’t Admit Out Loud

All of these are so true it kinda hurts ( but only if you have been lying to yourself )

You Write Fiction

Highlight the ones that apply to you and go confess your sins afterward.

#1 We stalk our readers on Goodreads to see what their progress updates say

But only because we value and crave feedback. Not because we’re paranoid. Why would we be paranoid?

#2 We don’t write as much as we pretend to

Raise your hand if you’ve tweeted #amwriting when you’ve done nothing of the sort. Good, now put it down and get to work.

#3 We do care about the money

Despite a hundred wise (and obnoxious) sayings to the contrary, most of us want to earn money through our writing, and it’s frustrating when sales are constantly flatlined. Not that I’m trying to be a Scrooge, but “I write because that’s who I am” doesn’t pay many expenses.

#4 We have at least one genre we hold a grudge against, though we’d never say so out…

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Must have books for being Lost on a deserted island


I’m using the prompt Top Ten books I’d want on a desert island by Top Ten Tuesday. Though this is an old prompt and not this weeks, but who follows the rules? The answer : not me obviously.

So after just finishing six seasons of Lost , I thought hey if I was on a deserted island I would definitely be lost and in need of reading material just like Sawyer. Plus I wanted an excuse to use my  Pop Lost characters, because they are adorable am I right?!? Of course I am.

So these are the top ten books I have read and would bring and why.

  1. The Bible : My bible goes on every trip with me so chances are if I had nothing else I would have it.
  2. Cross Roads by WM. Paul Young : I cannot recommend this book enough. It is so good and I would definitely want it with me on an island.
  3. I am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts : I haven’t read this book in forever but I remember it so fondly. I was obsessed with horses when I was younger (still am actually), and I love that the story of Alexander the Great is told in such a unique voice; that of his war horse.
  4. Eagles Flying High by Linda Rae Rao : I don’t like to say I have a favorite book, I mean that’s like asking a mother to pick a favorite child . But if I had to choose, Eagles Flying High would probably win out. Its about the only book I can think of that I have consistently re-read almost every year.
  5. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine : I wasn’t a fan of Ella Enchanted, I didn’t like the book or the movie. But Fairest is a whole different ball game. I loved this book so quickly.
  6. 7. 8. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A Nielson: The fact that no other series even competed with this one in my mind for a spot says a lot. I mean these books are so Amazing and Sassy that I not only chose them over every other series I own but I gave up three slots just for these precious works of perfection.

     9. The Raven master’s Secret by Elvira Woodruff : So by this point my slots are few and quite frankly I have a horrible memory. I never remember what a book is about, just my feeling towards it. I felt love for this one and remembered I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. Lo’ and behold here it is on the list and on its way to an island.

10. Ekaterina by Susan K. Downs and Susan May Warren :  I read this a year or so ago. It was so good, action, mystery and the romance was so well done I didn’t even twinge at it (Congrats book! You are in a exclusive club with few members).

So those are the Ten books I would bring that I have read. But let’s face it ,if I’m headed to an island (or any destination really) then I’m going to bring more books than probably necessary. That’s why I’m including the Top Five books that I would bring but haven’t read. See there’s always a loophole 🙂


  1. Homers Odyssey : Quite honestly I’m not sure how I got away with not reading this in school but here we are. It seems interesting and rather long so it should keep me occupied for awhile ……unless I don’t like it to which it will then be used as decoration in the beach hut I will inevitably build ( and furthermore decorate ).
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo : This has been in my TBR pile for awhile, I started it last year but with work I just didn’t have the energy to focus on any book much less one of this size. I have so much hope for this book, I can’t stand it, please don’t fail me.
  3. Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor : I just ordered this about a month ago .I am so excited for this book, obviously it has to come.
  4. The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson :  I love Melanie Dickerson, and a book I haven’t read yet, it’s a yes from me.
  5. Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky : I loved Kathryn Lasky growing up and this is a Robin Hood retelling so it’s a must!.

And there you have it, the Top Ten Books I would want on a Island ,and five more because  “Don’t tell me what I can’t do.” ~ John Locke .

Forever & Always,


Let’s Chat. Would you dare say you have a favorite book? How many books do you usually pack for trips? Anybody else dream about living on a deserted island and having a beach hut?

Top Ten Ways To Capture My Bookish Affection

I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday .  I instantly loved this prompt ( which is actually top ten things that will make me instantly want to read a book) because it’s going to yield such diverse results. Feel free to join in and use this on your own blog , just use the link above. 

Onto my top ten things that will make me read a book or otherwise capture my bookish affections

  1. Historical Fiction : I am such a sucker for HF especially if it has to do with the Revolutionary War or the gold rush. Plus my favorite trope is girls disguised as boys/soldiers, I love the thrill of it and some of the hilarious outcomes. 
  2. Pirates : I’m pretty sure my siblings and I would have made a perfect pirate crew, the debatable part is who would be in charge ( just kidding it would most definitely be me , because I’m better at giving orders than taking them ) I need more pirate books in my life. So if you have any recommendations leave a comment.
  3. If it’s a Diary/ Journal : this obsession probably began with the Dear America books and then escalated with books like The Diary of Anne Frank. I think it’s a cool way to tell a story .
  4. Less Romance More Action : Action movies are my favorite thing of ever, so naturally that is also a must have in books. I read hardly any romance growing up and now even as an adult I’m not a fan , less kissing more things blowing up. 
  5. Books by my Favorite Authors: If I read a book by an author and love it, I’m gonna give their other books a try. While this sometimes ends in disaster I’m more often in love with their other books too.
  6. Happy Endings :  Ok so I know that this is a negative for some people because “that’s not how the real world works”. I’ve said it before and I’ll mention it again that I don’t  necessarily read books for realism. It’s just that their is so much negative in the world that I enjoy reading something where it works out how it’s suppose to. My Mama says I have an idealistic  view on how the world should work, and I’ve been that way since I was little. So give me unrealistic happy endings and leave me to my own devices.
  7. Spies, Heists and over all Thievery: Does anyone else question their moral compass after reading a really good book on thieves? That just me? Ok but seriously I love the planning and logistics behind a good heist! Plus you ever notice how awesome the groups are in these types of books? 
  8. Sarcasm and Witty Dialogue: I love sarcasm! It’s one of my favorite traits in people and characters. Sarcasm always leads to witty dialogue between characters, which is a win because who doesn’t love to laugh. 
  9. Good vs. Evil : While I love morally gray characters because they tend to have more depth, I still love the overall theme of Good vs. Evil. 
  10. Classics : I’m a fan of classics, I have a collection of them ( some I have read, some I haven’t yet). 

I should probably question where I’m headed in life what with loving books about thieves and siblings who could be pirates but alas I am not. Mostly because I’ll just be in my room reading if you ever come looking for me.

Forever & Always, 


What are some things that will make you pick up a book? What’s your favorite classic? Do you ever want to quit life and become a pirate? 

8 Series that I love to pieces

I love series! Don’t get me wrong stand alone books are great and I love and cherish many . Series have the benefit of giving us more time with the characters and can span a longer period of the characters life. I’m that person that wants all the little details about characters that don’t actually matter to the plot but I want them anyway, so meet my unrealistic demands authors.

Below are some of my favorite series, eight to be exact. Why eight, you ask, because my brain functions in a manner like this :

Me: I should write a blog post with 10 series, you know like a normal blogger.

Brain: But, like, what if you didn’t. You should do 8.

Me: Good point in all but nah.

Brain: Funny, like you had a choice, I said 8. For no apparent reason I like that number today.

Me: awesome. 8 it is.

A rare glimpse into my life of weirdness. By the way people who say they don’t have internal monologue running all day, seriously how do you live?? I blame being a writer as to why I talk to myself non stop.


1. The Heist Society by Alley Carter.

I should probably be worried at the amount of books with criminals that I adore, but I’m not. These books are awesome. I originally “borrowed” Perfect Scoundrels from my sister, she never got it back (sorry hope you’re not to upset about the loss). Reading the third book first had me addicted and needing all the background stories. I love the characters and while some of them are a little cliché , the over all story and family dynamic made up for it.


2. The Lost Books series by Ted Dekker

These are the best when it comes to being fast paced, action packed, and the ultimate good verses evil. While Chosen and Elyon ( the book on top) are my favorite, the rest of the series does keep pace. I enjoyed these books so much because of the unique story. It’s set in another world, where evil is on the outside in the form of a skin disease (known as Scabs). Believers wash themselves in the pools of Elyon to prevent the disease. The books center around four teenagers who get chosen to lead the forest guard and also get chosen by Elyon for a secret mission- to find the lost books of history.

I own all hardcover except for #6 Elyon , which I ordered used and didn’t pay attention to the fact that it is a paperback, so its in time out for being the oddball.


3. Little House On The Prairie By Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 These books shaped my adolescence years, I loved her life and more often then not wished I lived in her era of time. I own all nine of the original and then a bunch of other ones , either written about Laura or her family members.


4. Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

I loved Hattie Big Sky, its about an orphan girl who gets passed from relative to relative. Then one day she gets the opportunity to strike out on her own and prove up a land claim. It was awesome and I have enjoyed reading it multiple times.

I was super excited for Hattie Ever After. It fell a little flat of my expectations, but was still an enjoyable read. In this book we see Hattie get to pursue a career and romantic relationships.

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5. Seasons of the Heart by Janette Oke.

I love Janette Oke books, and I haven’t read one yet that disappointed me. However I do realize that some are a might predictable and can have “fairytale endings “, neither of those bother me enough to turn me away. Seasons of the heart is such an adorable series and centers around a boy named Josh, over the course of the four books you get to experience his first love, his disappointments and all that accompanies growing up.


6. Eagles Flying High series by Linda Rae Rao.

When I was about 16, I found Eagles Flying High at a thrift store. I bought it because it centered around the Revolutionary War, and History was (and still is ) my favorite subject. I devoured it quickly and had to have the rest. My shy self worked up the courage to ask my librarian if we had the others, my library didn’t but the college library carried it. This was important to my 16 year old self, that I got books from the college library, ahhhh the small things in life.

Anyway My favorite’s are Eagles Flying High and Of Eagles and Ravens , but all of them are beautifully written. All the books center around different members of the family. The family dynamic is so awesome, plus the action and history involved are perfect.

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7.  Knightley Academy  series by Violet Haberdasher

My sister bought me Knightley Academy for my birthday many years ago ( or maybe she bought me The Secret Prince, heck if I remember). I love these books because of how Henry in a underdog who takes a chance on a dream and makes it work for himself. The books are wonderful, I loved all the action and mystery. Plus a win for great friendships.


8. The Ascendance Trilogy By  Jennifer A. Neilsen

These books are pure gold, and if you haven’t read them I urge you to consider what you are doing with your life (the answer is failing, so go read them). I cannot say enough about how good these books are, and it boils down to SASS and SWORDS. Yep those were the main reason I loved this trilogy, because sassy boys who fight with swords and are still adorable cupcakes make my life. All the relationships in these books just worked so well!

So those are my series I suggest you check out all of them to see if they would interest you, because they all have something amazing to offer.

Forever & Always,


Have you read any of the above series? Any suggestions of some series that I should try? Do you like series or stand alone books better?