Story of the One-Sock Monkey by Jessica Fuller

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Stay at home parents have so much work to do. As a family that had two working parents for the longest time, I didn’t really understand that. Then, just over a year ago, we decided to have my husband stay at home, something he had always wanted to do. It has completely changed my understanding of the work that goes into staying home! I’ve had a front row view of this for the last 11 months as I have worked from home due to COVID. Watching him manage e-learning, cooking, cleaning, laundry, emotional breakdowns, and me…well, it’s quite the undertaking.

The Story of the One-Sock Monkey wonderfully celebrates stay-at-home dads, and I was so excited to get the chance to read it! This is a beautiful tribute to an author’s husband, but also to all fathers, especially ones that stay-at-home!

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The Mad Hatter’s Son by Helen Starbuck

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really fun mystery! Annie, our main character is one of those people who is a caring, loving person. She’s an operating room nurse, and so I think it’s just in her nature to want to help people. When her friend Libby reaches out to Annie for help about a mystery illness, Annie ends up in a startling mystery!

I really enjoyed the medical side of this story. I get really intrigued about all the details, and in this story, I felt like they were well researched and accurate. I liked the illness as a mystery, but also all the other details within the story that created the twists as the plot progressed!

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Twincesses by Tara Lala

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is an absolutely lovely story! Sisters separated and coming back together after years apart is a story that I always love. I enjoy the secrets and the discoveries made by the characters!

The characters in this book are not only separated sisters but also magical! I loved this element of the story! I think that young readers that enjoy fantasy will really get into this book. There is an evil sorcerer that makes a great villain, and someone that readers will enjoy rooting against.

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Matriarch by Adam Wing

Welcome to the blog tour for Matriarch hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

First of all, how amazing is this cover? I just love how things are woven into her hair, just like the story weaves from one thing to the next. It’s wonderful!

This is a really quick story, so you can sit down, and just completely immerse yourself in it. I loved how the author’s words created this fluid story that entranced me! It’s the type of story that will whisk you away, and you won’t even realize the physical world around you.

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Endemic by D.M. Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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This book weaves the lives of two people and one family together in such a thrilling way! I loved the perspective of the three main characters. I kept bouncing all over the place about what was actually going on, and I didn’t really understand until the end, so I got to enjoy all the surprises!

Endemic is the second book in D.M. Taylor’s time travel thriller series. Endemic picks up where The Reckoning left off, following the same main characters as they work for the secret government agency, The Patriot Party.

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Alex Six by Vince Taplin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a crazy, thrilling, all-encompassing ride! I loved it from start to finish! This is a thriller with a psychological aspect that was creepy, and I was entranced! I couldn’t put this one down!

The characters are very distinctly created. Vick is a bit off-putting at times. His inner-monologue had me laughing sometimes and cringing other times. He’s a bit crass, but also is clearly a smart, good guy who wants to do the right thing. Overall, I liked him. I think his personality made him stand out as a character and kept me extremely interested in what was coming next.

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Power Divided by S. Behr

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love a good dystopian story, and this book had that plus great characters and a mix of magic that had e totally entranced!

The magical powers that these characters have were exciting, and I loved learning about them. It’s a magical system that was easy to understand, which I always appreciate! The story begins with an accidental use of powers, and it gripped me from the first line!

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The Reading House Series by Marla Conn

Welcome to the blog tour for The Reading House Series hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Books that will make my kids want to learn are amazing! This series fall into that group! My daughter is still working on learning to be comfortable with her letters. She can read, but she sometimes mixes up her d and b, and sometimes she just needs some extra encouragement. When we got this series, she was so excited to start it!

The red and blue boxes each have half the alphabet. There is a book for every letter, and each book is extremely easy for a child to read, making them feel empowered and encouraged as they complete a book!

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Ballet Orphans by Terez Mertes Rose

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Did you know I used to dance? I was in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, and clogging, which is a story for another day. Reading this book was like a walk down memory lane, and I loved it! Ballet Orphans is the prequel to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles. If you haven’t read the others, I think this is a great place to start the series without feeling like you have missed anything.

This story focuses on April, a soloist at the New York American Ballet Theatre. After some tragic events in her life, she takes the offer to start dancing with the West Coast Ballet Theatre. I loved that this story had the main character moving from one coast to the other. There was a wonderful feeling of a restart with April moving so far away and taking a chance to dance with a new company.

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The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, this was such an emotional journey! The children’s blizzard of 1888 is an event that I was aware of, but reading about it has brought on an entirely new view of the horrors and devastation brought on by this snowstorm.

This was a story that was based in fact on the blizzard alone. The characters and events that transpired are completely fictional, but the author used real events to inspire her story. It is a character-rich story and takes a bit to get to know each person and how they fit into the story.

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Garbo and the Case of the Wet Footprints by Gretchen Cleveland

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such a fun story! Garbo the investigator is a turkey with a wonderful knack for solving crimes. He’s funny but also serious about thinking through problems.

I loved the way Garbo encourages Jonah, his new friend to help him solve this mystery. He patiently waits while Jonah thinks through problems, and Garbo provides him with new ways to look at things. Best of all, when Jonah needs encouragement or to be rewarded for a good idea, Garbo is there with delicious rainbow marshmallows!

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Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was everything I wanted it to be! It was well-researched, well-written, and utterly drew me in. I could NOT put this book down, and then I could wait to come write about it!

Pheby is a slave, but has been promised freedom on her 18th birthday by her father & master. When the master falls ill and her mother dies, Pheby is sold to traders and taken to a jail to be held for auction. After catching the eye of the owner of the jail, she is moved into his home and soon becomes his mistress. This story follows Pheby’s life as she navigates the horrors of the jail created by her husband, Rubin. She must keep her children safe, but also finds the atrocious actions by Rubin to be more than she can handle. How can she balance the life she now lives?

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