Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What YOU Can Do About Bullying by Max and Zoey by Ari Magnusson, Greg Marathas (Illustrator)

This is a book I really think parents should pick up not just for their kids, but for themselves as well.

This book covers what children in different age groups should do to address bullying.

It’s a really good book that gives an insight into how to approach your children and how to guide them. Unfortunately we live in a time when bullying has become such a problem and broaching the subject is hard. This book really takes a helpful and instructing approach to bulling.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Octopus Pie Vol. 1 by Meredith Gran

I was somewhat entertained, but I really couldn’t get into this.

The author has a solid book here; just wasn’t for me.

Rating 3 out of 5 

Friday, August 26, 2016

DCE Essentials Catalog 2016 by DC Comics

These I always find a must; they tell you what’s good and what you need to check out.

If you’re starting to get into comics, you may want to grab one of these.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Paracuellos, Volume 1 by Carlos Giménez

This was a moving read about the plight of the children in fascist Spain. Carlos Gimenez does a great job in recounting these events of a past he lived through.

Rating 5 out of 5

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rasputin, Volume 2 (Rasputin (single issues) #6-10) by Alex Grecian

This one was a very interesting read. I enjoyed volume 1 more, however, this one did not disappoint.

Unlike volume 1 this story takes place in the modern day and Rasputin recounts his past to nosy reporter.

The whole time I’m enjoying the story very much; then I got the end and I get a cliffhanger. I was all into the story and now I’m speculating if this reporter will squeal that there is a man that can bring the dead back.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Canticos: Los Pollitos / Canticos: Little Chickies by Susie Jaramillo (Illustrations)

I love, love, love this cute little tale for the little ones. Its songlike spelling made it such a fun read. What was even better was that the story came in English and Spanish so it was a delight to the kids.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bottled Up: April Fools For Love by Roxy Mews

This is one absolutely funny second chance romance.

Nate was an absolute delight and Betty was great. I wish these two would have communicated a little more, it would have avoided a misunderstanding or two.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Breaking His Rules by R.C. Matthews

Main Girl: Samantha Rayne
Main Guy: Damon Baxter

There really wasn’t much story here, just a lot lust and rich guys toying and vying for a girl’s affections.

I did enjoy the read and I loved the piano duels and for that I say this short story is worth picking up.

Rating 3 out of 5 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Fix Up by Tawna Fenske

Super anti-social, awkward nerd Ben Langley needs to bring out his inner suave to be the head of his family’s corporation.

Can’t be that hard for a genius with amazing looks?

Well, it turns out it is very hard and he needs professional help.

Enter corporate branding expert Holly Colvin.

After a very amusing meeting and a little convincing on Ben’s part; Ben and Holly embark on a work/friends/love relationship.

I loved Ben, he was such a great male character. Holly kept going back and forth with her yes I like, no I don’t and it came to grate one. You understand where she is coming from, but come on, Ben is such a great guy. I’m just glad Ben ends up showing Holly that he is work taking a chance.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Billionaire Blackmail by Alison Aimes

Main Girl: Sara Turner
Main Guy: Nik Valenti

Nik comes across as such a jerk for most of the story and he redeems himself at the end.

Sara, OMFG this girl is seriously dumb, like there are only so many times your brother can screw you over before you say “hmmm, I should cut the dead weight”.

The romance between Nik and Sara was just so blah, it was nothing but lust. What really saved the story for me was the whole “who done it?” that I totally did not see coming at the end.

Rating 3 out of 5 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Meat by Opal Carew

Main Girl: Rebecca
Main Guy: Rex Keene

Ms. Carew’s work isn’t for everyone, but for those that love fire filled scenes and insta-love, this book will have you reaching for the extinguisher.

In true Carew fashion we get a whole lot of fire and drama to keep us hooked.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Always My Girl by Samantha Chase

Main Girl: Anna Hannigan
Main Guy: Quinn Shaughnessy

This story was like 50/50 for me. I like Anna; she was outgoing, hard-working and overall seemed like a nice character; with one major flaw, liking Quinn.

Quinn came across as such a douche I just could not like him. Even when he starts to try and be a better guy he was just unlikable.

What I hated most about this story is the way that Anna has been hung up on him for forever and prevented herself from being happy with someone better.

Rating 3 out of 5  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Along Came Mr. Right by Gerri Russell

Main Girl: Olivia Tyler
Main Guy: Maxwell “Max” Right

Crazy Ex/BFF: Annalise Ellington

Olivia meets Max, they’re attracted to each other and as the story goes, things seem nice. The only problem is that Max promised his crazy ex and friend that he would pretend to be her fiancé because she got knocked up.

When I found out Max was engaged I was like “that jerk” but as you read, you are rooting for Olivia and Max. Both Olivia and Max are very sweet, but my definite MVP as far as characters go is Paige. Paige really brought these two together and made the story very enjoyable. It also didn’t hurt that Annalise’s crazy antics added to the drama.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Never Resist a Sheikh by Jackie Ashenden

Mistakenly kidnapped in a country where women are considered second class citizens, smart and in-charge Felicity Cartwright is surprised.

Zakir ibn Rashiq Al-Nazari can’t believe he kidnapped the wrong person. But, what started out as a case of mistaken identity turns out to be the unlikeliest of loves.

The story was entertaining, this whole American meets Middle East culture difference added this interesting chemistry between the characters.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Fairytale Bride (Chapel of Love .5) by Hope Ramsay

Main Girl: Melissa Portman
Main Guy: Jeff Talbert-Lyndon

This was a sweet short story that revolves around two book lovers finding love. There is a little bit of drama, but none that threatens the romance.

It’s a lighthearted read, perfect for a nice summer night.

Rating 4.5 out of 5 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Melting His Alaskan Heart by Rebecca Thomas

This was supposed to be a short, feel good novella, however, I just couldn’t really like the main guy.

After a tragic accident that killed his wife, Ethan Forrester basically lives in seclusion. Enter famous brother that convinces him to take his place at a masquerade ball and a reporter seeking an interview with said famous brother and we have a whole lot of drama.

Carly was an okay character, except it kept annoying me how she kept going after Ethan even after he made it clear he wanted nothing to do with her. She just continued to take his hot/cold that it got tedious.

Rating 3 out of 5 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Bad Boy's Guilt (The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow, #2) by Sara Daniel

I like this book way more than book one; it expands on Zane and Julianne’s happily ever-after and we get some real reasons for the troubles between the main characters in in this story.

Wyatt (Julianne’s brother) wanted to hurt Zane and the best way he thought he could do that was to hurt Nicole (Zane’s sister).

In this story they get to reconnect and Wyatt gets to do a whole lot of groveling.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Bad Boy's Gift (The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow, #1) by Sara Daniel

I liked the happy ending, but this story felt a little too blah.

Zane and Julianne were just way too overly dramatic. The whole time Zane carried a chip on his shoulder for being the son of the town drunk and Julianne was just so annoying.

The entire story starts off with a misunderstanding and neither one of them can just have an actual conversation.

Rating 3 out of 5