Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

HeirTitle: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Published: 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 6/10

I didn’t think it was possible, but The Heir made me want to be a princess even less than The Selection.

American author Kiera Cass continued her Selection series with The Heir, which focuses on the eldest child of America Singer and Maxon Schreave, Eadlyn. In order to quell unrest in the country, Eadlyn’s royal parents convince her to host her own Bachelorette-style Selection, and she gets a variety of suitors. Some look at her breasts, others are easy to get along with, and one even doesn’t speak fluent English. He’s probably my favorite. He’s adorable.

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Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

OneTitle: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Published: 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:
From: Walmart
Rating: 7/10

The third of American author Kiera Cass’ Selection series has finally been finished, and I must say, I am at least a little bit excited for the fourth novel The Heir.

Cass’ novel The One focuses on America Singer still fighting for her spot at the top of the Elite, the final group of girls vying for the hand of the prince. This novel has all the aspects of her previous novels: mystery, romance, politics, drama. But, I actually liked this one so much better.

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Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

EliteTitle: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Published: 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:
From: Walmart
Rating: 6/10

As I’m sure most of you who have read The Elite know, it is the second in a series of young adult dystopian romance novels by American author Kiera Cass.

The Elite, the second of The Selection series, focuses on the main character America Singer as she climbs her way to the top of the royal food chain.

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Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

SelectionTitle: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Published: 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336
From: Walmart
Rating: 5/10

This book made me wish I was a princess. Well, no. Not really.

Kiera Cass, an American novelist from South Carolina, started the Selection series in 2012, and since then it’s become a hit among the young adult female demographic.

There’s no doubt as to why: Cass’ story takes a young girl whose family makes very little money and throws into a whirlwind of dances and jewels and the love of a prince. But is it all it seems?

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Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

Dark EdenTitle: Dark Eden
Author: Chris Beckett
Series: Dark Eden
Published: 2012
Publisher: Corvus
Pages: 441
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Imagine a world with no sun. The air is chilled, everything is dark. But, thanks to the darkness, creatures and plants have developed amazing ways to light the way. Then, imagine living on that planet. Your family consists of two adults and children. Yet, your family grows.

This is the world of Eden, built and woven into a story that lights up like the fauna and flora by British novelist Chris Beckett.

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Girl on Fire: Life is short

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 2, 2015]

As I get older, I keep learning new life lessons. Recently, the lesson that has been playing over and over in front of me is that life is short, and we must take chances.

My heart goes out to fellow firefighter Kevin Webb, his son Tanner and their family during such a harsh and sad time.

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Book Review: The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Nanny DiariesTitle: The Nanny Diaries
Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Series: Nanny
Published: 2002
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 306
From: Drake Public Library book sale
Rating: 6/10

First off, I found The Nanny Dairies by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin at a library book sale for a dime, so obviously, I had to buy it. I had seen the movie first, and thought it was very cute and entertaining, so I wanted to see what the book was like.

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Girl on Fire: Just a few updates

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 19, 2015]

Recently, the other reporters and I have been working on Progress, a special section in the Creston News Advertiser that will last five days next week.

I have to say, everyone in the newsroom and other news departments have been working so hard for this section to succeed. This is my third Progress here in Creston, and I am glad for it because, despite the long hours in front of a computer screen and tedious transcription, I have met so many interesting people in our five-county coverage area.

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Girl on Fire: Pack it up and travel

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 5, 2015]

It’s been four years since I flew on a plane over the Atlantic Ocean, the deep blue water miles below me, and landed back in the Midwest after a six-month stint in England.

Ever since then, I have had a feeling nagging at me to pack up and travel the world.

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Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

The Sweet Far ThingTitle: The Sweet Far Thing
Author: Libba Bray
Series: Gemma Doyle
Published: April 28, 2009
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 819
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 10/10

American author Libba Bray’s novel The Sweet Far Thing, the third installment to her Gemma Doyle trilogy, came to me at the perfect time.

I had read the trilogy in college, when I purchased them instead of saving money for food or alcohol like most college students. But, that’s not what I mean by perfect.

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