Archive | February, 2019

Wednesday Words

27 Feb
Waiting for something that will never happen.
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Book Review-The Squirrel Squire

24 Feb

The Squirrel Squire and the Tournament of Oaks is a children’s fiction book. It is book one in the A Fantastic Tails Adventure series written by Erik DeLeo.
Summary: Puff is a small squirrel. He doesn’t feel brave, important, or worthy-even though he is a squire for the infamous Sir Pattercloud.
Puff is always running late, and is constantly distracted with his thoughts about acorns.
How will he ever be good enough to take Sir Pattercloud’s place one day in the annual Tournament of Oaks?
But soon, Puff will have to face the most difficult challenge of his life.
Will he be brave enough to face the danger, and will he realize that maybe he is good enough after all?
My Thoughts: This story is filled with talking animals, sword-fights, and danger. It was a fun read. Short, but fun. I think kids that enjoy fantasy/animal stories will enjoy this one. I liked the underlining message about self-confidence as well.
I would like to thank Dark Cat Publishing for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for my review.

Book Review-Escape to Everly Manor

23 Feb

Escape to Everly Manor was written by Chalon Linton and is set in England during the early 1800s.

Summary: Lizzy and Thomas are on their own. Their parents have been killed in a tragic accident. Their tyrant uncle has overtaken the manor, and routinely abuses them and the staff.

But when her uncle takes things too far, Lizzy flees with Thomas-determined to protect him at all costs.

Will they manage to escape? Can Lizzy find a way to protect them from their Uncle’s terrible plans once and for all? Is there anyone at all she can trust?

My Thoughts: If you like the type of book where the handsome, charming hero rescues the desperate heroine from dastardly evil-doers, this is going to be right up your alley. The book has an interesting story line, a good clean romance, and great dynamics between the characters.

I very much enjoyed this book, and believe it is worth recommending. Just be prepared to issue a romantic sigh as you finish the last page.

I would like to thank Covenant Communications for providing me with a digital copy of this book for my unbiased review. Thank you!

Wednesday Words

20 Feb
Don't be so hard on yourself.
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Book Review-Picture Book Sampler

17 Feb

Be A Maker, Dibs!, and Undercover Ostrich, are all picture books releasing this spring. I was sent a digital sample of each book for my review-please note that I have NOT read the completed books. I am only reviewing the portions of the books I did receive.
Be A Maker by Katey Howes is all about making things, and encourages children to be creative and make something new today. The pictures are whimsical, yet very detailed. This book sparks the imagination-a good book for the little maker in your life.
DIBS! is a book by Laura Gehl. The fun premise is that maybe you CAN really call dibs on anything you want! At least, that seems to be how it works for Julian’s little brother Clancy-with very silly results. If you have a sibling in your life, this book will probably speak to you.
Undercover Ostrich by Joe Kulka is hilarious. As in, I literally laughed out loud as I read it. It has a sarcastic, dry sense of humor that fits me perfectly. The book revolves around a narrator that just can’t seem to find the undercover ostrich hidden in each picture-the one hiding in plain sight.
The illustrations are brightly-colored, and the ostrich’s expressions on each page are so comical. This was a fun book, and my favorite out of the bunch. I will definitely be reading the full book once it is released.
I would like to thank Carolrhoda Books for providing me a sneak peek at these books. Thank you!

Book Review-Never Let Go

16 Feb

Never Let Go was written by Elizabeth Goddard and is book one in the Uncommon Justice series.
Summary: Willow Anderson, a forensic geneologist, is working the most difficult case of her life. A baby was kidnapped twenty years ago, and now it is her mission to find the missing girl and introduce her to the mother she has never known. A mother that only has months to live.
Not only is the case cold, but at every turn, someone is determined to thwart her efforts.
Will she find the missing girl in time?
My Thoughts: I really like the premise behind this book. It is intriguing, and there is plenty of action and drama throughout the story.
But I just couldn’t get into the love story. The main characters broke up for a good reason, but as they are thrown back together during this case, it seems that every time she looks at him, she wishes she was in his arms.
I really wished for some stronger women in this book too. There was one, but all the rest seemed really gullible to the men in their lives.
And finally, I didn’t buy the bad guys’ reasons for what they did-they just didn’t seem plausible.
It wasn’t that this was a bad book-it’s fine. I guess it just didn’t quite do it for me.
I do want to thank Revell for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for my honest review. Thank you!

Wednesday Words

13 Feb
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