Sunday, December 10, 2017

One True Bear by Ted Dewan

I have no idea if this book is happy or sad. It’s an emotional roller-coaster seeing everything that little boy puts all those little bears through until one bear comes along and doesn’t break. Then the story ends all sad with the little bear giving comfort to a new child and his old child I think is now a first responder. All I know is I was sad and happy and sad. Still the book was beautiful. If you read it to kids, expect a lot of questions that will be very hard to answer without going into I’m crushing a little kids innocent outlook on life.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow

This book was a little eh for me. Although all the craziness of the animals interacting with the orchestra players was very exciting for the little kids in the reading group.

Rating 3 out of 5 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

This amazing book aimed at children around the ages of 4 to 6 covers the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I honestly think this is a must read for children. The book goes over some of the most important and memorable events occurring during Dr. King's life that to this day continue to be a source of inspiration.

Originally read this book in February of 2016 and I loved the way this book inspired a dialogue as the children asked questions about why Dr. King did the things he did and why he fought for equality.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Marvel's Captain America: Sub Rosa by David McDonald

This is not a graphic novel. It’s a chapter book more ideal for young readers in the 10-14 age group. Granted anyone can really read it, but based on the formatting and language it comes off as more for young readers than little children.

The story was intriguing enough that I got over it not being a graphic novel.

Rating 3 out of 5 

Netgalley ARC

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Must Love Wieners (A Rescue Dog Romance #1) by Casey Griffin

Main Guy: Aiden Caldwell
Main Girl: Piper Summers

This was so total romcom. You have all these crazy, crazy misunderstandings. Like honestly I have no idea how Piper got through life; Aiden of course is the rich hero, so he doesn't really have struggles.

Aiden is trying to be this super anonymous, benevolent guy, so it kind of gets a little strange when things really hectic. Towards the end everything gets resolved in a super nice and tidy bow and they can get their happily ever after.

My total favorite scene was when piper makes huge major discovery and she's running out of Aiden’s offices and she's dressed in her Supergirl costume so that was like so so awesome. Here she was like “oh my God I just saw you talking about the thing the cops are looking into” and here she dressed as Supergirl catching the bad guy in the act, how kick ass is that.

This story with a little bit of everything, especially a lot of super adorable doggies is a nice relaxing weekend read enjoy.

Rating 4 out of 5

Netgalley ARC

Sunday, November 5, 2017

His Australian Heiress by Margaret Way

Main Guy: Brendon
Main Girl: Charlotte 

How I got through this one is beyond me.

I hated the characters and found them sooooo boring and so martyr-ish that I was hoping a piano would fall on them and liven things up.

And her family; ugh, like seriously you’re loaded you don't need this, they’re aholes, just hit delete and be rid of them.

Now, as I’m a sucker for friends to lovers, I have to give props for that.

Rating 2 out of 5

Netgalley ARC

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Main Guy: Brock Wellington
Main Girl: Jane 

This story was a total Cinderella meets Prince Charming with the exception that the evil step-sisters and step-mother are just two extremely bitchy and annoying sisters.

As you read you will spend half your time shouting “Jane honey, you’re their sister, not their slave. Tell Bitch-1 and Bitch-2 you are totally done with them.” 

A major kill for this story was how weak the female lead was, coupled with a guy so riddled with issues over mommy and daddy that he spends his time teetering between sweetheart and jackass it became blah.

What did save the story was the sweet romantic ending two matchmaking old timers. Brock’s brothers were also somewhat entertaining characters, I will totally be reading their books and hopefully in those books the female leads don’t let their sisters use them like old dishrag.

Rating 3 out of 5