Monday, 30 May 2011


Here is a list of Discussions we've had here at The Sweet Bookshelf. Join in the fun!

How to Be a Writer's Friend
When Books Become Movies
Let's Connect!
Short Reviews:: Why I write them.
Bookish Stuff
It Is OK to Take a Blogging Break
An Open Letter to Contemporary Romance Settings
Finding a Place in This Book Blogging Community
Reading Over the Holidays--Relaxing or Overwhelming?
Christmas Novellas
Top 5 Self Published Books
National Novel Writing Month {2012}
Romance Novel Cliche's
Simon and Schuster Blogger Event
Favorite Holiday Books {2012}
Books Worth Treasuring
How to Stay Organized in Book Blogging
My thoughts on Self Published Books
More than an eReader: Kindle Hidden Features
Favorite Books From the Last 3 Years
Should Bloggers Get Paid For Their Reviews?
A Word on Harry Potter
Summer Reading List {2012}
Book to Film Adaptations
Genre Misconceptions
Hidden Gems
What Book Would Like to Experience for the First Time?
My 'Hunger Games' Journey          
Favorite Genre?       
Do You Re-Read?                           

Top Ten Tuesday's:
Top Western Books (Historical Romances)

Review Archive

 Here is a list of books that have been reviewed at 
The Sweet Bookshelf.

10 Weeks by Jolene Perry and Janna Watts
44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
Above and Beyond by Sandra Brown
A Christmas Melody by Anita Stansfield
A Good Woman by Danielle Steel
A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson
A Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Vacation by multiple authors
A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection by multiple authors
Allegiance by Cayla Kluver
All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey
All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey
All I Want by Perry, Baldwin and Anderson
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
An Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter
Anew by Chelsea Fine
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
At Last by Jill Shalvis
Austenland by Shannon Hale
A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson
Avow by Chelsea Fine
Awry by Chelsea Fine

Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance
Beach House-The by Jane Green
Becoming Bayley by Susan Auten
Better Together by Nicola May
Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
The Book of Lost Fragrances by MJ Rose
Book Thief-The by Markus Zusak
Borrowed Light by Carla Kelly
Boy in the Striped Pajama's-The by John Boyne
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr

Calling Romeo by Alexandra Potter
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
The Caspian Gates by Harry Sidebottom
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Chocolate Box Girls: Cherry Crush-The by Cathy Cassidy
Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angles by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Cleopatra Ascending by Maureen Lipinski
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
Countdown to Love by Julie Ford
Crash by Lisa McMann {audiobook}
Crave by Melissa Darnell
Crossed by Ally Condie

Dangerous Grounds by Shelli Stevens
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Dash and Lily's Book of Dare's by Cohn and Levithan
Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman
The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer
The Demon Kiss by  Lacey Weatherford
Destined by Aprilynne Pike
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Don't You Forget About Me by Alexandra Potter
Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Clair
Do You Come Here Often by Alexandra Potter
The Dragon Whisperer by Lucinda Hare
The Dress Keeper by Mary Naylus
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Easy by Tammara Webber
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Emma on Thin Icing by Coco Simon
Enduring Light by Carla Kelly
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
Enthralled by Multiple Authors
Eve by Anna Carey
Everbound by Brodi Ashton
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey 

Fall for Me by Melanie Marks
Fablehaven Series: Books 1-4 by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison (book 5) by Brandon Mull
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunters by RJ Anderson
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
Fairytale of New York by Miranda Dickinson
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Falling For Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen
Fated by Sarah Alderson
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
Flood Child by  Emily Diamond
Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Petrefreud
Forest Born by Shannon Hale
Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
From Notting Hill to New York by Ali McNamara

Gables Against the Sky by Anita Stansfield
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Gable Faces East by Anita Stansfield
The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa Bergren
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by  Carolyn Turgeon
Going La La by Alexandra Potter
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Gone With the Wand by Margie Palatini
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Grounding Quinn by Stephanie Campbell
The Guardian by Anita Stansfield
Gym and Slimline by  Emma Burstall

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (Audiobook)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (Audiobook)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling (Audiobook)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (Auidiobook)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling (Audiobook)
Hereafter by Terri Bruce
The Hero by Robyn Carr
His Eyes by Renee Carter
The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins
How Saying Yes to Depression Leads US Into Healing by  Melissa Sarazin
How to Train Your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore
The Icing on the Cake by Elodia Starin
If I Were You by Julia Llewellyn
I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk
Illusions by Aprilynne Pike
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
It All Started with Autumn Jones by Jack Weyland
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Just a Little White Lie by Lynnette Hallberg
Just My Luck by Kelley Vitollo

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Kissing by Melanie Marks
The Kissing Tree by Prudence Bice
The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah M. Eden
Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay
Late Night Shopping by Carmen Reid
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Left to Love by Jolene Perry
Legacy by Cayla Kluver
Legend by Marie Lu
Lessons in French by Hilary Reyl
Liar's Guide to True Love by Wendy Chen
Lies Beneath by Anne Brown
The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal
Linger by Maggie Stiefvator
The List by Melanie Jacobson
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey
Love at Second Sight by Cathy Hopkins
Love Inc by Collins and Rideout
Love Lies by Adele Parks
Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche
The Love Verb by Jane Green
Luck of the Draw by Kelley Vitollo
Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo
Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis

The Mad Scientist Club by Bertrand R. Brinley
The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis
Make Ahead Meals for Busy Mom's by Jane Doiron
Mara Daughter of the Nile by Jarvis McGraw
Marshmallow Skye by Cathy Cassidy  
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly
Married by Christmas by Scarlet Bailey
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy
Matched by Allie Condie
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn
Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin
The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan
Midnight Girls by LuLu Taylor
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Miller's Daughter by Maragret Dickinson (Audiobook)
Mistwood by Leah Cypess
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Modest Princess by Angie Eller
Montana Summer by Jeanette Miller 
Moonlight Masquerade by Jude Deveraux
The Most Important Catch by Jaclyn Hawkes
The Mullberry Tree by Jude Deveraux
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
My Secret Unicorn by  Linda Chapman
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Naked in Knightsbridge by Nicky Schmidt
The Newcomer by Robyn Carr
New Girl by Paige Harbison
The Next Door Boys by Jolene Perry 
The Next President by Dee J Rammell
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by  Rachel Cohn
Night Sky by Jolene Perry
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson 

Of Mice of Men by John Stienbeck
Of Witches and Warlocks by Lacey Weatherford
On the Jellico Road by Melinda Marchetta
On the Island by Tracey Graves
Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Partials by Dan Wells
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca Jamison
Playing at Love by Ophelia London
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore 
Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
Prank Wars by Stephanie Fowers
Previously Engaged by Elodia Strain
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Pure by Julianna Baggott


Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Reached by Ally Condie
Rebel by RJ Anderson
Reckless by SC Stephens
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella
Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure
Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt
River Secrets by Shannon Hale
Rouge by Leigh T. Moore
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles 
Rules of the Game by Sandy James
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

Sarah's Quilt by Nancy Turner
Saving Ben: A Father's Story of Autism by Dan E. Burns
Scarlet by AC Gaughen
The School Gates by Nicola May
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Second Chances by Melanie Jacobson
The Secret Life of Bees by  Sue Monk Kidd
Shackled by Angela Carling
Santa Maybe by Scarlet Bailey {novella}
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shopping with the Enemy by Carmen Reid
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorenson
Seducing Allie by Shelli Stevens
Serpent's Treasure by Elaine Cook
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Silver by Talia Vance
Six Geese A-Laying by Sophie Kinsella
The Sky Is Everywhere by  Jandy Nelson
Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Spill Over by Jolene Perry
Smart Move by Melanie Jacobson
The Smart One and The Pretty One by  Claire LaZebnik
Smoulder by Brenna Yovanoff
Snowed Over by Angie Stanton
Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine
Spectral by Shannon Duffy
The Splendour Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Star Fish by Nicola May
The Star Garden by Nancy Turner
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Stormswept by Helen Dunmore
Stuck With You by Trish Jensen
Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland 
Sunrise Point by Robyn Carr
The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Swept: Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

Tempting Adam by Shelli Stevens
Ten Minutes to Fall in Love by Julia Llewellyn
The 13 Curses by Michelle Harrison 
The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss 
The Time Traveler's Wife by  Audrey Niffenegger
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Thoughtless by SC Stephens
Three Good Things by Wendy Francis {audiobook}
Three Sisters Quick and Easy Indian Cookbook
Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor by Willow
Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi
Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Truth About Faking by Leigh T. Moore
The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh T. Moore
The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers
Twitterpated by Melanie Jacobson
Towers of Brierley by Anita Stansfield
Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling
Unearthed by Laura Stauffer
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella {audiobook}
Uneasy Fortunes by Mandi Ellsworth
Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins
Unscripted by Aaron and Schwartz

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Wait for You by Jennifer Armentrout
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Wedding Dress For Sale by Natale Stenzel
Welcome to Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn
What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
What She Wants by Shiela Roberts
What's New Pussy Cat by Alexandra Potter
Where I Belong by Rachel Ann Nunes
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux
While It Lasts by Abbi Glines
White Wedding by Milly Johnson
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Widower's Wife by Prudence Bice
Wild by Aprilynne Pike
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw
Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa
Woodrose Mountain by Raeanne Thayne
Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick
Working It Out by Nicola May


YOU on a Diet by  Dr. Mehmet Oz. and Dr. Michael Roizen
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey 
You're the One That I Don't Want by Alexandra Potter


Sunday, 29 May 2011

Review: Reshaping It All

Title: Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness
Author: Candace Cameron Bure & Darlene Schacht
Publisher: B&H Books
Pages: 272
Author Website:
Twitter: @candacecbure #ReShapingItAll

Bure’s healthy lifestyle has been featured in US Weekly and People magazines as well as national talk shows including The View and NBC’s Today. In Reshaping It All, she continues the story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

More than a testimony, here is a motivational tool that will put readers on the right track and keep them there. In addition to practical advice, Candace offers a biblical perspective on appetite and self control that provides encouragement to women, guiding them toward freedom.

Wow! I was really surprised by this book! It was MUCH more than I thought it would be. I found out about it because I kept seeing #ReshapingItAll all over my Twitter. WHAT was it? So, I Googled it. I thought the summary sounded good, and I really needed something to help me reshape my life after having a baby. So I bought it on Kindle and started reading it immediately.

The book is FULL of personal experiences from Candace's life. Her struggle with weight/self image, and her Christan beliefs. I was wondering what God had to do with weight loss? I'm even Christian! But, the more I read the more I understood. It is about self control. It is about controlling the natural man. It is about respecting our bodies and living for the future, not just for today. It is about taking care of our bodies and teaching our children to do the same.

I have been telling myself that I just don't have the will power to lose weight. Candace talks about pushing ourselves. She talked about athletes. Her husband is an Olympic medalist in hockey! I couldn't relate, but I did think about how I go without sleep constantly to take care of the baby. I don't think, I just do it. WHERE does that come from? I have some form of self control. If I could do that then why not with food?

Candace doesn't have a typical diet "plan". Hers is a lifestyle change. It is actually pretty simple. Watch your portions. Eat whole grains, fruits and veg. Exercise. And pray. Bring The Lord into your life. Let Him help you with your quest. Ask Him for help with your self control.

I have already started implementing some changes. I went for a walk today, cut out soda this past weekend, and a friend brought over some carrot cake and I only had a few bites and threw the rest away! They are small steps but I'm heading down the right path.

This isn't just a "diet book" it really is Reshaping Your Life! It is chock full of recipes, motivation quotes that are easy to find, scriptures to help you on your quest, and stories to keep you motivated. I loved reading about Candace's life and learning how to get my life in control. I say go get the book! I will be re-reading this as I implement my changes into my life! I'll let you know how it goes!

 "Self-discipline is an exercise that strengthens us over time when we continue to implement it. It puts our spirit in control of our flesh and keeps putting it there until the flesh learns to follow." pg102

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Review: We'll Always Have Summer

Title: We'll Always Have Summer
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 304
Other titles in series: The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You

Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she's almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it's now or never--tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.

Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.

I love these summer books. This is the 3rd and final installment to the series. I have been waiting all year long for it. I loved it! After reading these books I always wished I had a summer romance, a beach house, and for it to be summer all year long.

Great book! Really great! This was told from 2 perspectives, Belly & Conrad, which was a lovely surprise. I really like to know what more than one character are thinking or doing, and this is what I got.

There is only one thing I didn't like. I was waiting and waiting for a scene-a kiss-that never happened. The epilogue at the end didn't really help any without that kiss or scene that let me feel why they were together. I would have LOVED to have that kiss. I'm such a romance kind of girl, and I thought the book was leading up to it the whole time, but it never happened. Would have made the book exactly what I wanted. It was still awesome, and I love these books no matter what, but I would have really liked to see that scene. That kiss. So sue me.

If you are heading to the beach or maybe just the public pool, you should pick up this series. It screams SUMMER! I love everything about these books! I hope you will too!

"I’ve only ever loved two boys—both of them with the last name Fisher. Conrad was first, and I loved him in a way that you can really only do the first time around. It’s the kind of love that doesn’t know better and doesn’t want to—it’s dizzy and foolish and fierce. That kind of love is really a one-time-only thing."

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Review: Wild/Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Wild (UK) Illusions (US)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 448
Other titles in series: Wings, Spells

On the first day of Laurel’s senior year there are two new arrivals. Tamani — the electrifying faerie with whom she shares an undeniable connection — appears, posing as a foreign exchange student. And even more disturbing is another foreign exchange student named Yuki whom Laurel quickly realises is a faerie, though the new girl doesn’t seem to have any idea who or what she really is.

Laurel is determined to figure out how Yuki fits into the picture, and what connection she may have to the ever-increasing threats to her family and Avalon. Meanwhile, Laurel struggles to maintain a balance between her human boyfriend David and Tamani, with whom she shares a passionate past. But balancing two worlds is becoming more and more complicated. When the threat to Avalon grows ever stronger, Laurel’s illusion of control of the situation shatters and she must confront a danger even greater than the trolls.

I have been anxiously awaiting this next installment for the last year. I really love this series, and couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I've been having a hard time actually relaxing enough to read a book since having baby Sebastian, and I just knew that WILD would get me back on track for reading. These books are brain candy for me! I was back to my old self, and I read it in one day!

The story doesn't start where the last book, Spells, left off.  Some time has passed. Not much, but enough that I'm dying to know what was going on in those few months. I'm a non-spoilery kind of reviewer, so I don't want to give anything away! I'll just say this, I LOVED IT! I love the take on faeries, and how different they are. I love everything about Avalon, and I wished we would have spent more time there in this book.

I'm a huge Tamani fan. David who? I love how strong and unchanging he is. He is always there. He is so selfless. Even when I think he should show Laurel what's what sometimes. He doesn't, because he loves her. Tamani is the stuff dreams are made of, and I've had quite a few dreams with him in it. Laurel did make me mad a few times in this book. Girl needs make up her mind!

I love all the magic, danger, intrigue, and romance that this series gives, and WILD does not disappoint. WILD is perfect for any young girl who loves faeries, or an adult who is looking for some romance.

Oh, and there is a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers. Until next year for the ending to this series!


"Do you want to kiss me?"
She nodded, very slightly. "But-"
"Then you can," he said.
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